Where Ideas Come From

20150420-MMA_3344_melinda_anderson-EditThe above image is the latest of my still life photos for The Studio- a continuation of the One Thing theme.  This time, my one thing is not the subject of my composition, but the background – my walls.   I thought it might be interesting to explain the evolution of the idea and execution of this image.  I’ve read that photographers find their inspiration everywhere- from nature, from music, from paintings, from the color palette in an advertisement- ANYWHERE.

In this case, my idea came from a movie.  We went to see The Woman in Gold with our friends, Debbie and Dale the other night. The movie was a fascinating true story of a woman (played by Helen Mirren) who sued the Austrian government to have them return her family’s paintings (by Gustav Klimt!) which had been stolen by the Nazis and were now “owned” by the Austrian government. No, this photo was not inspired by the Klimt paintings.

In one scene, as I remember, there was, in the background, a painting or photograph of a still life composed of a dry arrangement (wheat?) in front of a two-tone wall. I somehow noted it and then dreamed about trying to recreate that image, using my colorful Arizona walls. That was the beginning of the photograph above.  I took quite a few shots of these dried weeds and flowers in front of my bright walls, gradually moving away from the traditional still life I was envisioning to a textured black and white closeup image which is my favorite. All the photos were taken with my Lensbaby, which I’ve been practicing with every single day for the last 3 weeks.

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5 responses

  1. I love this, I take it you’ve been using layered textures? I did this with photoshop a long time ago, your image reminds me what lovely results you can get… Well done!

    April 21, 2015 at 1:23 am

  2. Interesting how the idea was born, I always find it interesting when I do get a brain storm it doesn’t seem to come out at all the way I envisioned it to be. I really want to go and see that movie, love Helen, in anything she does. Love how you have used your Lensbaby here and on the focus on the wheat is wonderful.

    April 21, 2015 at 4:48 am

  3. I love your description of the evolution of this photo. And, I agree, the monochrome version is the most appealing to me, too. That beard of wheat seems to be beckoning. I love what you’re doing with that Lensbaby!

    April 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

  4. Ooooh! I like these! The textures worked perfectly.

    April 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  5. Claudia Lowery

    Haven’t seen the movie , but the pictures are wonderful…..

    April 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm

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