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Photo Tour Gallery: Still Life on the Run

Art from the Ordinary

 
       
       
 

Still Life On the Run

Amateur Photographer
magazine
, September, 1982

Still Life On the Run

 

While living in Wales I joined the Deudraeth Camera Club at roughly the same time as one Roland Watkins a former Daily Mirror night editor. This was in 1978.  Then one day Roland threw three Mackerel onto an ornate plate, pointed a camera at them, and Still Life on the Run was born.

At the time I was a school photographer working in Wales, and classrooms provided much of my early Still Life on the Run subject matter. This was especially so in junior and infants schools, i.e. the equivalent of kindergarten in the United States.  Later on I had kids just so I'd have more colorful subjects around me on a daily basis.  ;o)

I frequently presented multi-mage slide programs with music, words, and dreamy dissolves at various camera clubs, and Still Life on the Run was added to the list of subjects. The movie rights are still open for negotiation by the way. ;-)

On September 25th, 1982, my Still Life on the Run photo essay was published in London's mighty photo weekly, Amateur Photographer, at left, and my 'photography life' would never be the same after that.

There aren't any rules for creating Still Life on the Run images, i.e. 'art from the ordinary', but if there were I'd suggest that color, shape, form, shadow and symmetry etcetera would be my guidelines. Generally, day-to-day man-made inanimate objects are able to meet most of these criteria - don't forget symmetry in nature too - but the main ingredient is really yourself and how you see the image.  Please note that still life set-ups such as a fruit bowl and an oil lamp, are not true Still Life on the Run subjects, though one can 'assist' for a better effect.

I'm immensely grateful to Roland for his influence on my photography career and 'seeing eye', and very pleased that Roland's creative legacy lives on via Still Life on the Run. I can do no better than suggest it as a theme for one of your camera club or society's annual competitions.

As you will see with the selection below - many of which were taken on my photography tours - the subject matter is far ranging and is purely Art from the Ordinary.

       
 

Chains at St. Just harbour, Cornwall, England.
Still Life On the Run
Colored paper clips.
 

Door handle, England.

Red clogs, Murren, Switzerland

 


Door details, Provence, France.

Ladder and green door, Murren, Switzerland
 

Knitted sandals for sale, San Telmo market, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Shuttered window, Brittany, France.
   

A straight shot of colored buttons, Boise, Idaho


Then some deliberate blur, i.e. zooming, induces this spectacle.

   

Red and blue, Cinque Terre, Italy
Still Life On the Run
Boots in a row, Wengen, Switzerland.

Still Life On the Run
Colorful Ecuadorian fabrics.

   

Ski fence, and Hydrant. Glacier, Mt. Baker National Forest, Washington.

Colorful washing and clothes pegs, Cinque Terre, Italy.
   

Empty bottles. Bodie, California.
Still Life On the Run
Adirondack chairs, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
   
Still Life On the Run
Leaf in captivity, Zoo Boise, Boise, Idaho.
Still Life On the Run
Raindrops on a freshly painted red bench, Switzerland.
   

Umbrellas in a stand, Cinque Terre, Italy
Still Life On the Run
Mail boxes in Madrid, New Mexico.
   
Still Life On the Run
A 'Do it yourself' post box in Kilcar,
County Donegal, Ireland.
Still Life On the Run
Umbrellas, Cinque Terre, Italy.

Red door, County Donegal, Ireland.
Still Life On the Run
Doorbell, Cinque Terre, Italy
   

Reflection of flags in a lake, St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Still Life On the Run
Produce for sale in an Ecuadorian market.
   

Potpourri of pots. Burgundy, France.
Still Life On the Run
An Irish farmer's sheep marking apparatus, i.e. two brushes and paint.
How else do you get red or blue wool sweaters then? Shot in County Kerry, Ireland.
   

Pennan, Scotland.
Still Life On the Run
Padlock and chain, County Kerry, Ireland.

Polperro Harbour, England.

Rust in captivity. England.
   
Still Life On the Run
Clothes pegs, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Still Life On the Run
Kid's colored blocks, Boise, Idaho.

 

 

Step symmetry, Murren, Switzerland.

Farm gate padlock, Wales, UK.
   
Still Life On the Run
Fire buckets on Pickering Station, North Yorkshire, England.

Fire buckets, Vale of Rheidol Railway, Wales
   
Still Life On the Run
Flower stall, Paris, France.

Art gallery umbrella stand, Yangon, Myanmar [Burma]

Wrangler's rope. Ennis, Montana.

Attached to a Smithy's barn door, Nova Scotia, Canada.
   

Watering cans morph into flower pots, England.

Palm symmetry. The Everglades, Florida.
   

Harbour ropes, Iceland.

A boat moored in Newcastle harbour, County Down, Northern Ireland.
   

String instrument maker's window Loire Valley, France.

Pennan, Scotland.
   

The Straw Section 

At right is a shot I set up at home with straws purchased specifically for the shot.

Below are the original 'granddaddies' shot in a Welsh school in the early 1980's. One of the set made it into the 'School Days' gallery in *Amateur Photographer.

* Please see the introduction at the top of the page

 

   
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Ranch, Ennis, Montana.
Still Life On the Run
Grains, Ecuador market.

Rusty padlock, Garn Dolbenmaen, Wales

Navajo art, Monument Valley, Arizona.
   
Still Life On the Run
Paint brushes, Boise, Idaho.

Aspen leaf falls on the oats, The Palouse, Idaho.
   

Colored pencils, San Telmo Market, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bubbles in a glass, Boise, Idaho.
   
Still Life On the Run
Marbles in a box. Virginia City, Montana.

Jetty boat ring. Isle of Iona, Scotland.
   
Still Life On the Run
Color in El Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Shuttered window, Provence, France.
   

Color harmony, Sargans, Switzerland.

'Paint pots', Burgundy, France.

Heron and shadow, Florida.
Still Life On the Run
Rustic door, Provence, France.
   
Still Life On the Run
Car park, Mont San Michel, Normandy, France.

Lemons in a basket, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy
   

Wool, Amarapura, Myanmar [Burma]
Still Life On the Run
Wool, County Donegal, Ireland
   
Still Life On the Run
Colored chalk in boxes, Wales.

Rustic art in a castle grounds, Loire valley, France.
   

Washing drying in Austria.
Still Life On the Run
Geraniums in unison, Loire Valley, France.
   
Still Life On the Run
Red roof, Tuscany, Italy

Signage, County Clare, Ireland.

Colorful cart, England.

Cowboy boots, Wyoming.
   

Church windows, Switzerland
Still Life On the Run
Wood pile, Switzerland. When stacking wood a box was placed in the middle of the stack,
and a plant inside that. A very nice idea indeed.
   
Still Life On the Run
Objet d'art, Burgundy, France

Switzerland once more. I believe these posts are used in the winter to mark the edges of the sidewalk/path/road in the village.
   

Colored pots. Burgundy, France.
Still Life On the Run
Plates displayed in an Ecuadorian market.
   

Frost on brushes, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Still Life On the Run
Buoys, Tasmania, Australia.
Still Life On the Run
Building blocks, Boise, Idaho.
 
 

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