- all about experimental photography and image handling -
I'm not really one for gimmicks and props and my photos tend to be simple. A previous post for this blog week series indicated recurring themes in the way I photograph my work.
The last year or so I have noticed more bloggers resorting to the all-white background, which makes for a crisp, clear photo, beautifully showing off the detail of the work, the colours and must allow for great fun when you like playing around with styling and such.
I tried it once or twice...The white cardboard promptly disappeared and was rediscovered as a Transformers-decorated poster in the boys' room! But...I'm also not that crazy about the stark white-out :-) So I just resort to the nearest surface at that stage:
A darkish wooden background would either be my kitchen table or worktop of the kitchen island...
Both might be Rhodesian teak
A lighter wood is the 3m stoep table...
This one is made of reclaimed Oregon floor planks
Smaller items I would often put on an old tray or aluminium plate (that seemed to have disappeared this morning)...
The 2nd hand tray with broken handle that I need to fix!
(All my things are old, mainly from a second hand shop in Pretoria. The kitchen table used to be a police desk - I also have a large cupboard, office cabinet, another desk and lab trolley with police origins :-) - the kitchen island was an old shop counter. The matching wall shelves have been customised now to fit above the stove. The stoep table is made of 3m long old floor planks...it's sagging a bit, I might need to get it reinforced!)
And sometimes there's the crumpled duvet, taken on a weekend morning :-D
White enough background, but softer
For more blog posts on this theme, use the tag 6KCBWDAY3.