Not-So-Still Life

Cats have got to be some of the most ornery critters. And the most curious. Which makes them some of the most obnoxious. And the most cutest.IMG_5804eIMG_5850eYesterday morning, I was out snapping pictures of the autumn loveliness and saw this old lantern sitting on the ground by the tool shed. If you’ve been around here long enough, or if you’ve browsed my galleries, you may recognize it from my black-and-white photograph, “Falling Stars.” I was delightfully surprised. Since it had only ever been hanging in a shadowy corner of the shed, well above eye-level, I’d never realized that it had a blue enamel cap. How lovely!IMG_5851eAs soon as I set it upright on an old barrel and started to photograph it, Saber thought it was pretty interesting, too. And as soon as he thought it was interesting, the kittens joined him. These cats really are wonderful company – they’re extremely social and friendly, and often come check out whatever projects I might be working on outside. Except for when I mow the lawn. They hate that. But their friendliness can sometimes translate to in-the-way-ness.IMG_5835eIMG_5855eIMG_5822eSo my still life study quickly became a not-so-still life study. Because cats do not sit still, especially if you want them to. IMG_5871eCats and autumn. And old lanterns. Three really beautiful things.



Still Life Study

Snow is still heavy on the ground outside. Our single-digit temperatures have kept the snow around for nearly a month now. Inside the Miners Cabin, there was a roaring fire in the wood stove, the quiet company of a cat, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. When I’d read a couple of Sherlock Holmes short stories, I couldn’t resist trying a quick photography project. With the colder weather and shorter days, my outdoor photography has been somewhat diminished, so lately I’ve been dabbling in still life photography.
IMG_1412eIMG_1463eIMG_1436eIMG_1440eIMG_1420eHow different it is from nature photography, or portraits! With both of those, the goal is to capture things as they are or in their natural state, but at their best or most ideal. With still life, it largely is an illusion. Almost like sleight of hand. The photographer has more control and exercises more control to convey ideas and emotions, in ways that the natural world cannot be manipulated. It is different, but an enjoyable different.

Laura Elizabeth