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June 4, 2012

“Still Life with Light Bulb, Glass and Succulents”

I didn’t plan on photographing another still life, it was accidental. By that I mean the trigger for the idea came about because of an accident: After I dropped and broke the large light bulb in the picture, I decided rather than toss it, I’d use it in a photograph along with other glass pieces; my other still life standbys, rusted metal and succulent bits, would also figure in … That led to the idea of shooting the tableau on a glass tabletop, so I could light it from beneath … And, that led to another accident: I was washing a small spherical fishbowl I thought would look great under-lit and it shattered in my hand, almost taking off the tip of my left pinkie finger … and that meant Paul had to interrupt a movie he was watching to run me down the street to UrgentCare for 5 stitches. It was then we remembered that earlier that morning Paul had broken a custom-cut glass tabletop, which had been sandwiched with a piece of metal that had rusted orangely, which then became the backdrop for this tableau …

I’m sure I could trace back even further and find other contributing factors to this still life’s inception, but let’s just enjoy its deceptively smooth, calm face and know: The accidental can also be the mother of invention.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012 5:24 am

    All that and yet no blood…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 5, 2012 5:43 am

      Oh, there was plenty of blood, Loree! In fact, this was my third dishwashing accident that necessitated some stitchery … I guess a guy can’t do everything right.

  2. June 7, 2012 6:45 pm

    all that ruckus to make that perfectly serene still life! we would have never guessed! i think it’s time for paul to start doing the dishes, but you may have to give up some moments of inspiration.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 7, 2012 6:48 pm

      Maybe this post was a cry for help, you’re saying? Could be… 😉

  3. June 18, 2012 5:21 pm

    VERY artistic!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 18, 2012 5:26 pm

      Thanks, JAR … I appreciate the compliment

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