Last year in December, as part of my first semester assessment (of my Advanced Diploma in Photography) we were asked to submit a photography folio. It was divided into four sections, one of them being ‘Still Life, Nature or Founds Objects’ – which meant you could photograph any images that fit into those categories. All you needed to do was shoot it in camera raw and not use any post production, the folio was demonstrating our technical skills of using correct exposures, shutter speeds and aperture. These photos are the products of my first six months as an amateur photographer, mainly taken around my home.
I found this section fun to do, as I quite like the play of light on inanimate objects and also seeing beauty in the simplest things like nature. It’s amazing how much shooting you can actually do at home, photography doesn’t always need to be outside. For me, doing it at home was a necessity time-wise as I was also juggling a full time degree. Photography has a way of exposing the truth too, in hindsight I rushed into choosing images and did a lot of this last minute. The biggest learning curve I took away from this, is to really think about how you want to capture your subject and the meaning you want to convey.
For me, it was minimalism. The notion I was searching for externally I found within my own home.