This series of still-life photographs are an appropriation of Paulette Tavormina’s “Seizing Beauty.” Looking at the Renaissance and Flemish still-life paintings, she photographs and recreates very similar scenery using flowers, fruit, vegetables, and antique ware, adding a personal mood and imagination to them, which can tell a story about a time and place. The title of her works includes the initials of the painters from whom she got inspired from.
Closely looking at her work and the way she appropriates paintings, I chose to follow some of her steps and, at my turn, to appropriate her still-life photographs. To add a painterly mood and a sense of a different space, the use of “chiaroscuro” lighting, a painting technique that uses high tonal contrasts between lights and darks, is prevalent throughout the entire series, where the objects are the story tellers.
Lemons and Pomegranate, After PT
Cauliflower and Artichoke, After PT
String Beans, After PT
Oysters and Lemons, After PT
Cabbage and Mandarins, After PT
Artichokes and Onions, After PT
Lemons, After PT
Radishes and Beets, After PT
Walnuts and Quince, After PT
Fish and Bread, After PT
Bread and Cheese, After PT
Cabbage and Cantaloupe, After PT
Ode to Walden
“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
“Whatever have been thy failures hitherto, “be not afflicted, my child, for who shall assign to thee what thou hast left undone?”
“The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.”
“Why should I feel lonely? Is not our planet in the Milky Way?”
“Why should they begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?”
“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but the eternity remains.”
“What shall I learn of beans or beans of me?”
“Why should we live with such hurry and waste if life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.”
“As I have said, I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.”
“Be it life or death, we crave only reality.”
“Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.”
“An abode without birds is like meat without seasoning. Such was not my abode, for I found myself suddenly neighbor to the birds; not by having imprisoned one, but having caged myself near them.”
Images provided by Marina Paul. All rights reserved.
Objects of Poverty
Objects of poverty
Every year there are more than 1 billion people living in extreme poverty (ourworldindata.org). This type of poverty means surviving on an income of less than $1.90 a day. This low income usually means no access to a proper education, which creates the never ending cycle of the same for future generations. Poverty affects people and their accessibility to healthcare, resulting in them drying from common illnesses that should be easily cured. Also the low income is an impediment to accessing clean water and proper nutrition.
Experiencing poverty in early childhood can permanently mark the way someone looks at the world. The simplest objects that are used daily around the world are only a dream for those in need. Access to clothes, shoes, books, clean water, proper housing, and a healthy meal mean the difference between poverty and a decent life. These objects are the important details that reveal the notion of poverty. This notion is expressed in these photographs through my own perception of what poverty looks like and the effects it has on the population.
Around the World
Nellie Bly was a stunt reporter, who worked for the World newspaper at the end of the nineteen-century. The famous newspaper was run by Joseph Pulitzer at that time. In the late 19th century, Bly was thinking about new subjects for articles and got the idea to travel around the world in less than eighty days. Her goal was to beat the fictional character Phileas Fog from the story Around the World in Eighty Days, written by the famous French writer Jules Verne.
In 1890, with Pulitzers’ approval, Nellie embarked on a journey around the world. All of her travel experiences were later published in the book Around the World in Seventy-Two Days. Similar to the way Nellie was inspired to travel from the fictional story, my project intends recreate Nellie Bly’s travelling story. The way Nellie describes her journey and her courage of traveling alone, sparked the artist’s interest to recreate Nellie’s traveling story by photographing sets of paper and books. Despite everyone’s criticism that a woman cannot travel alone, Nellie Bly succeeded with her ambition.
Starting with inspiration from Abel Morel and Thomas Allen’s work, these imaginary landscapes were created using studio lights, books, and images. The images will take the viewer on a journey where the main character, Nellie Bly, races against Time.
A view of my childhood places through my lenses in the middle of the summer.
Moldavian Sheep Farm
Free Palestine protest from July 28, 2014
Pride Parade from July 1, 2014
Views from Santorini
Images provided by Marina Paul.
All rights reserved.
Images provided by Marina Paul. All rights reserved.