Still life is more than still life….. (to me).
Questioning the concept….. maybe even the purpose of still life photography?
maybe like me it’s ‘your thing’… the thing that really lights you up…
and there’s no questioning it at all.
You love it…..that’s it…that’s all.
Before I dive into the why and what I love about still life…..
I gotta begin… with.
For me….. still life photography….is so much more than playing with props and making a pretty picture….
Yet, at the same time….
I believe (with my whole heart) that it’s okay to make/take a photo, simply because you are pulled to… you love it.. it lights you up.
That is enough.
Welcome, dear friend, so glad you are here…. Let’s talk a little still life and story.
I’ve shared many time why I love still life photography…most recently…. over here,
Still life is….
- quiet (it doesn’t talk back… I love that).
- my happy place.
Still life is also a story….
I’m pretty sure I can share a story behind every still.
On Instagram it’s difficult for me to pop up a photo without at least a little story…..
In fact, there’s often more than one story I could tell.
Our stories do not have to be shared.
They can be ours alone… tucked close….. a beautiful secret only we need to know…..
but I do love to share the stories….
I’m dedicating this space to stills with stories…..
Beginning with the stories of my beautiful brown chair.
Today… 2 stories….
(the real life story and one I’ve made up in my head.)
The story of the find…(a real life story)
Lovers of beautiful things…gatherers….I know you know… the story of the find.
Xanthe was here in September for the Finding Stillness retreat.
We were on our way to the airport…(time for her to jet home).
We left with plenty of time to do lunch and a little shopping.
En route there’s an Antique Barn…. I wanted to stop in and check out the theater chairs I had seen sitting outside.
The theater chairs were sold.
But Oh my gosh…. when we saw this beautiful brown chair…. We fell in love.
I knew I had to have this chair…. so unique and full of character.
I love that ‘Bob’ knocked it down form $25 to $10…..I love that I can still see Xanthe sitting in it…. I can hear her London voice…
“oh I just love a low chair!”
I love that this chair will always remind me of her visit.
I could go on and on…. about this one chair….
just one more ….
The made up story……
Bob (the antique guy) told me it was originally a rocking chair……
Kinda sad….. I know….
but I think it makes it even sweeter.
In my head I’ve imagined the story of the ‘rocker chopping….’
it goes something like this….
Company is coming….
wife: “Oh no! We don’t have enough chairs….”
husband: “not to worry, the babies are grown….I will chop off the rocker…..”
Voila.. problem solved.
I will never know the true story of this beautiful brown chair…
but I do love the imagined one…
Okay…that’s my beautiful brown chair stories (for today)…..
This brings me to….
Stills with Stories – a New Hashtag
I asked Barb if she would help me host this new tag…. #stillswithstories.
and….She said YES…
and so.. if you love to ‘play’ over on Instagram…. feel free to join us….
To play along, please tag your photo with @kimklassen and @keepingwiththetimes and #stillswithstories.
If Instagram hash-tagging is new to you… It’s easy peasy….
just upload your photo and include the tags in your caption or the comments.
Here and there…. (no scheduled day) we will feature 4 from the #stillswithstories gallery….
We’d love to have you join us…..
If you don’t ‘play‘ on Instagram, feel free to spread the stills with stories idea on your favourite platform…..
It’s all in the name of celebrating our ‘stills with stories’…..
2 More Things
During the studio reno and prep for the retreat…. along with some health issues here at home…
I completely dropped the ball on the My Still Sunday feature here on the blog….but you can check it out over on my Instagram feed… It’s going strong….and so inspirational.
There’s so much beauty in the Still Sunday gallery….(seriously…if you need a still life spark, do check it out).
A New Class
The Studio | Online Give Away Winner is….
a few weeks ago I ran a give away for a one year spot in The Studio | Online…
The winner is….lolamedia.
Lola… please drop me a note so I can get you hooked up. : ) Thank you.
My Still Sunday Feature 4
I will sign off with this week’s My Still Sunday feature 4….. It’s sure to spark a little lovely inspiration….
So beautiful sweet still sunday friends…
Join the Conversation
Have some thoughts on still life photography or the idea of stills with stories?
Feel free to leave a note in the comments….I’d love to hear from you.