Why is it called “still-life”? Is it simply because the objects are motionless? Or is it because the artist is “stilling” life? More than just a snapshot, a freeze-frame of an arrangement, I like to think that the still-life is actually a reflection of the artist — particularly when the artist is a photographer — in a world where life has stilled to a kind of slow-motion.
Simply put, my shifting to still-life photography during the months of the pandemic is a metaphor for a life that has been slowed to a stillness of social isolation and indoor living. It’s a lousy way to live. But being forced to live inside allowed me to be creative, to arrange my subjects, to set my world in order.