All posts filed under: Creative Still Life

T.M. Glass blends photography with digital painting in mesmerizing still life

T.M. Glass is a digital artist based in Toronto, whose practice explores the historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions of photography, stretching it beyond its traditional definition. Once a student of sculpture and fine art at the Ontario College of Art, Glass returned to art after building a successful career as a writer and producer in film and television. Today, the artist’s vision is channeled into hyper-realistic still life photography combined with digital painting.   If I had to trace back the catalyst for my photographic beginnings to a precise point in time, I would say it all started when I saw a painting by Claude Monet at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the late 1990s. It was a simple still life painting, lilac flowers in a jug, but the composition, light, shades and colors were so beautiful they captured my attention and my heart. I stayed looking at it for the longest time, and years later I can still remember how strongly that 100-year-old painting reached out to me. It was Monet’s artwork that …

Meet Harold Ross, the light sculptor

Harold Ross is an American fine art photographer who has been mastering the art of light painting for the past 30 years. His work has been exhibited, published and collected all over the world. Today, he teaches his unique technique of sculpting with light through his blog and regular workshops.   My love story with photography started, as it does with many photographers, while standing next to my father in the darkroom, when I was very young. I’ll always remember those moments of watching the images come up in the developer tray. This seems rather quaint in today’s age of electronic devices, but back then it was truly magical. I remember wanting to recreate that magic for myself. At sixteen I bought my first camera, a GAF Instamatic, which I still own. I remember having so much fun photographing family and friends, and then developing the film and making prints in the darkroom. Both my father and my uncle were amateur photographers, and there was no shortage of good advice and technical help. It was …

Finding inspiration and creativity in still life photography

We interviewed Phase One Ambassador Paloma Rincón to discover how she continually finds the inspiration for her wonderfully creative still life images. How do you define yourself as a photographer? I define myself as a still life photographer, but sometimes this description isn’t enough. So, I usually have to explain my profession, because my work also covers other creative disciplines including art direction. What would be a typical job for you? Typically, when I get contacted, the client asks for me to interpret the task and add my own creative style to it. So usually, my task is not just to follow an agency brief, but also to help develop the creative concept. Usually, I get asked to do commissioned shoots based on references from my own personal projects. This is also why I do a lot of personal projects – so that I can move my commercial work in a direction that I also have an interest in. My projects are often product shots of, for example, food, drinks or tech products, but composed …

Capturing the extreme detail of small bugs

Phase One sat down with Andrei Duman to find out about his inspiration, equipment and workflow for his recent project capturing the insect world. Why bugs? The insect world has always fascinated me. Growing up in communist Romania, my access to any magazines or articles that would explore some species in some far off land was limited. I wanted to know more about them, wanted to study them, and the more I researched, the more incredible they became to me. Another reason I was drawn to this micro world was because most people were scared of these creepy crawlers that have been villainized by books and movies, but I felt there was so much more to them. It is therefore no surprise that for many years I envisioned the concept of doing a photography project where I could capture the bug world in the most incredible detail. Because high quality photography of insects was limited, I wanted to showcase the specimens and show off how truly unique they all were. By seeing the claws of …

Paloma Rincón Infinity XF IQ4 150MP Camera System

Conceptualizing abstract ideas in product photography

We tasked Phase One Photographer Paloma Rincón with capturing an image of the XF IQ4 Camera System that conceptualized the idea of the new Infinity Platform and the high resolution – and to shoot her concept with the product itself. Here’s what Paloma had to say about inspiration and transforming an abstract idea into a tangible and visually-stimulating image. What got you interested in product and still life photography? “While I was learning and exploring different photography genres, I always kept shooting still life. It was a way to be able to experiment without depending on many people, and I found that I could have a lot of control in what I did. As I´ve always enjoyed arts and crafts, I started to include many custom-created handmade elements in my compositions. This helped me discover my own approach to still life – an approach where I can develop different skills and techniques I like. I found a way to combine all the disciplines I´m passionate about: art, design and photography. I´m always looking for the …

Murray Fredericks capturing Vanity with the Phase One XF Camera System

Capturing Vanity with Phase One

Patience, passion, and dedication. It’s no surprise these are the makings of great photographs, and you’ll find an excess of all three in Murray Fredericks Vanity. A body of work like Vanity doesn’t happen overnight, and Murray’s passion for the project started in earnest over 15 years ago. Murray’s dedication to Vanity required over 20 individual trips to Kati-Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park in South Australia. The patience necessary to spend weeks on end with nothing more than a tent, bicycle, and camera is overshadowed only by Murray’s desire to ply his craft with the highest quality camera equipment available, ensuring the vision of Vanity is dutifully portrayed. Viewing on Vanity Vanity aims to explore the human condition in our current age. The images offer a humbling look into the vastness of Lake Eyre landscape and make humans seem insignificant. The striking simplicity of the images forces the viewer to engage in the dialogue of Vanity. The mirror, being a symbol of self-reflection, is instead used to redirect the viewers gaze away from themselves and into the immense …

Paloma Rincon used the Phase One XF 100MP Trichromatic Camera System to capture her Broken Heart project

The Technical Elegance of Broken Heart

Paloma Rincon is a creative still life photographer based in Madrid, Spain. Her latest creation, the mesmerizingly chaotic Broken Heart, combines high-speed photography with frozen flowers to create explosively elegant images. We’ve asked Paloma a few questions about her inspiration, workflow and the unique challenges of this exciting project. Broken Heart was shot using the Phase One XF 100MP Trichromatic Camera System. Tell us a little about yourself and your sources of inspiration “I am a still life photographer based out of Madrid, and you could say I’m known for my graphic, playful and contemporary approach. My work spans a wide variety of international projects for advertising and editorial, and more experimental personal projects, like Broken Heart.” “Inspiration for my projects comes from the unexpected moments that materialize in everyday life and from trying to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. That can be the colors that surround me, the beautiful designs of nature, the texture in certain materials, or simply the interactions of light in the physical world.” What inspired the Broken Heart project? …

The Red Sindrom edition, ‘There’s Still Life on Mars’ is a visual essay by photographer, Ausra Babiedaite using the Phase One XF Camera System

Red Sindrom: There’s Still Life on Mars

Sindroms is a print magazine released biannually. Founded in Copenhagen with the idea to create a world in which colors bring new perspectives to everyday life, Sindroms was designed by a team of five young women with distinct backgrounds, but a similar mindset. They describe themselves as “a journal of monochrome states of mind,” curating content based on specific colors, and investigating them across culture while immersing readers in the feelings and moods evoked by each color. Shooting the Red Sindrom edition, ‘There’s Still Life on Mars’ is a visual essay by photographer, Ausra Babiedaite, working together with creative director Miruna Sorescu. It is a world illustrated using only red hue, channeling the states of mind that the hue provokes. They use Scandinavian design objects and create an out-of-this-world, almost alien-like still life environment, transforming the ordinary, everyday objects into something extraordinary through color. A 100% crop of the picture above The entire series was shot using the XF 100MP Camera System. Phase One spoke with photographer, Ausra Babiedaite to get an insider’s perspective on …

PLUME - Art Collective, Ernest Otoo and Andy Pilsbury capturing ink in water with Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Fine art photography: Mesmerising ink in water

Experience the Instagram takeover showcasing the mesmerizing behavior of ink in water; the perfect example of the stunning fine art photography results capable with the IQ3 50MP Digital Back. “Collective Growth” is the new body of work from the duo at PLUME – Art Collective, Ernest Otoo, and Andy Pilsbury. The resulting quality, sharpness, and abstract nature of the medium mean even micro-compositions can be found within the full-scale image. “We used the Schneider Kreuznach LS 80mm, which provided us with exceptional clarity and edge to edge sharpness. Part of the quality of our work lies in the clarity of the content. Being able to see details up close on our large scales prints is a real selling point for us.” – Andy Pilsbury See more on our Instagram profile here.  Explore the products mentioned in this story:

Focus stacking with Isamu Sawa

Focus stacking with Isamu Sawa

We joined Isamu Sawa in Australia for his personal project where he gave us an insight into his personal projects while explaining his Focus Stacking technique. Isamu Sawa captures the beauty of re-emerging colorful flora against the black devastation of bushfires in Australia. Isamu captured multiple macro images with sequential focus points and combined them with specialized software in order to artificially maximize the depth of field of his subject shot on the IQ1 80MP Digital Back. The series preserves brief moments in the slow composition and death of profound beauty. The dried and wilting flowers photographed were all sourced from wedding ceremonies and furnished by Isamu’s wife who is a bridal florist. Explore his “Without Water” project here. Explore the products mentioned in this story: