Hello friends, don’t you just love Sundays? It’s my favourite day. When your life is over-scheduled with either work and/ or children, something has to be sacred. Sundays are family days in France, with many shops being closed, the French have got that right. Sunday afternoons are my time to press pause, reflect and to be still…I have an overwhelming desire to lose an hour (or two) with my camera when the light turns from daylight to twilight. A creative urge that needs to be scratched, made sweeter by having the freedom to play with no pressure or goal in mind.
It’s the flowers from the shop that determines the photos. These soft pink roses were so very tired, but I couldn’t leave them to wither alone at the warehouse. Closing late on Saturday I threw them into some left over brown paper and bundled them into the car on my way out of the shop. Once home, I schlepped all the days paraphernalia into the kitchen. I placed the paper containing the roses onto the coffee table and they tumbled out – hoping the light would be just right…there is Beauty in decay.
Appearance matters, seasonal & fresh is how I like it. When it comes to the markets, I am moved by the way produce looks. I love to buy succulent looking eggplants with shiny skin almost iridescent with that rich aubergine colour, or pears that have a heavenly shape.Both my parents love to grow things: be it beautiful gardens, exotic produce (finger limes) or just good honest vegetables. Every time my mother comes to Sydney she will have a basket overflowing with produce from her farm on the far south coast, pumpkins, bush lemons & king proteas are often part of my still life photos.A visit to the growers market on Saturday mornings is where I make my choice, thinking, they need to look good and taste good too. Ultimately we will end up eating them in some form…
During the week the pears did their job in front of the camera, but by Sunday they were on the turn so a quick afternoon tea cake was called for. I found the perfect one on Not Quite Nigella & added my signature secret ingredient (a handful of shredded coconut)to the mix and a sprinkle of brown sugar on the top – it was yummy!
If you love still life there is much to discover online. For creatives who want to further their skills visit the blog of Kim Klassen who runs online workshops and has lots of great tips and advice. Follow and join the community of those who love to faff, so many feeds and hashtags with Still life at their heart.
#stilllife #mystillsundaycompetition #stilllifegallery #stylingtheseasons
You can find my #stillifeseries on instagram. Happy Sunday xo Brooke