In the Ode to Nature class I'm taking, the first assignment included gathering treasures from nature, arranging them artfully and then photographing them. I posted my first, basic arrangements in this post. As I was playing with my treasures, I started combining them in more interesting ways, so they became more akin to a still life series. I really liked the one up top, which involved putting shells inside an empty crab shell.
I also created a series of four involving a cracked crab shell. I call the first one "cornucopia."
The next one is titled "pouring."
The third is titled "growing."
And I call the last one "fly away."
Again, I really enjoyed creating these photographs. It is rare for me to "stage" photographs like this, but I think it's something I want to do more often. I really like the results, and they feel very much like me. The biggest technical challenge is that the focus really needs to be crisp for them to work out. The creative challenge is in how you arrange things. I can see putting them on canvases, postcards, or note cards.
What do you think of these? Do you have a favorite? Have you ever created a still life?