For the final still life images, I have chosen to photograph three different objects as different representatives of light energy sources; these are a torch, a lantern and a lightbulb. I have chosen these objects to feature as part of the series as are all unique from each other in which they conjure light in different ways. The torch is a representative object of ambient artificial battery powered light, the lantern uses a natural flame and the lightbulb sources its light from electricity. The way I have photographed these objects once again produces dark surroundings where the only thing that can be seen in the object and lit in the darkness.
During post production, I mainly adjusted the lighting in terms of contrast by using the curves tool. I also used the spot healing tool to erase unwanted marks in the images.
Still Life Final Outcomes
For the torch, I have captured three unique compositions as I intend to bring variety to display its simplistic form. When lighting this object, I used one light to be turned slightly away from the set up to cause a flagging effect on the background so that only the foreground could be visible. For one of these images, we see the torch lit within a direct thin path of light with the object facing toward the right. To do this, I used a large cardboard materials to mark a shadow on either side of the torch with the light passing through the gap. The importance of the torch within the narrative is to act as the main tool to guide the individual towards the light source ahead; the torch is the individual’s most valuable tool.
I lit the lantern in a similar way with the background flagged out, however, there was some limitation of compositions I could use for this object. The most effective way to light this object was to lie it down on its side with the lantern door compartment open , this gave more shape to the lantern where we could see all aspects of its form and function. Having the hatch open also brings a sense of mystery as to how it opened and who has left it there. Within the narrative, the lantern is representative of what the individual has left behind; the lantern is old and broken and can no longer assist the individual with their occupation.
To photograph the lightbulb, I worked with two of these items where I shattered one to create a more intriguing background for the other unsheltered lightbulb. This brought some drama to these images as there is a sense of absence and presence and brings question of how the lightbulb was shattered. The content of the final subject matter gives three different perspectives which includes a view across the surface with the glass shards out of focus in the foreground. Other perspectives brings a viewpoint from above and at lower angles where in one image, the lightbulb is absent. The lightbulb acts as the most obscure object out of the three; a light is seen and the individual is searching for it but what is the actual source? Could it be the lightbulb? Why are there glass shards on the floor? The lightbulb is a potential contender as the key to the ultimate source of light energy and this is something I intend to leave the audience to question.
In conclusion to this final shoot, I am satisfied with the outcomes as they present content that is very intriguing and suspenseful which assists in leading the narrative to how each object plays a role. There is a good connection between the portraits and still life imagery as they are relatable and bring matching atmospheres. From this still life session, I have particularly learned the importance of keeping the set up clean and dust free even more so when working with objects in dark conditions. Overall, the images match well with the rest of the series.