Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
I have recently begun to experiment with Contemporary Still Life set-ups and will be showing these in my upcoming solo featured artist show, Curious Pairings.
I thought you might like a behind the scenes look at how the process for setting up a still life works, with all the things that you have to prepare and consider. So here it is — your “Backstage Pass” to see the inner workings of how the process evolves.
This is my photo studio where I do my set-ups — not too glamorous, I know! The main thing for me is the lighting in this room (3rd floor, Southwest facing). It also helps to have two tables that I can easily adjust in height or move around as needed for set-ups.
This set-up started with the concept of a Rose being created with hardware and tools and the juxtaposition that would create. I started with Diamond Cut Metal for the backdrop to set the tone. Then I collected a bunch of nuts and bolts, small hand tools, and other hardware-related stuff, for my set dressing. Next I began just scooting elements around to see how they worked together and whether my concept was being portrayed in the result.
Here are some of the major considerations/decisions you need to make for a set-up to create your very own Contemporary Still Life.
Wow — it’s crazy what you go through to create these sorts of images. After seeing the mess that led to it, you’ll be surprised how this ended up looking. And now… drumroll please… since you have a backstage pass you get to see the final image!
Here you go!
Is it anything at all like what you thought it would be?
Thank you for visiting and share your backstage pass with others,
P. s. Have you ever tried to do a set-up in your studio? Share the experience!
I am a Virginia-based photographer and gather my images while hiking in parks and natural areas here at home and in the locations I travel to. I also love to visit arboretums and botanic gardens to find unusual and exotic subjects.