Winter is a good time to be taking a still life photography class. It helps fill the hours when I would rather be outside. I do go out everyday, but even bundled up, you can't stay outside too long. So, right now, Be Still 52 is helping to fill the days inside. Come spring, it will be a different story and I'll have to work at staying inside. Our exercise this week was to include a banner, garland, or something hanging in the background.
My first idea was to create a story about bird watching, so I made a bird garland and gathered a few other things: binoculars, nature book, nest, and feathers.
Then, I took out the binoculars because it just seemed to have too much black and added a piece of pottery with feathers. I like this one better.
On a trip outside to walk in the falling snow, I thought of a natural garland. This picture didn't turn out to be what I really wanted and it's not very impressive. I tried different backgrounds, but just couldn't get the warmth I wanted and as most of you know, I don't have a good editing program.
Not being real happy with any of the above, I tried a sewing theme. I gathered some sewing paraphernalia and a heart garland that I made some time ago.
I did a few close ups to highlight some of the items I chose: a little basket that sits on a small shelf in the hall and my grandmother's needle book and buttons. The quilt that I used to sit everything on was made by my grandmother. I used the back so it would be less distracting. I love to see those tiny stitches that her hands made.
The more I looked at these images, I realized that they tell a great deal about me. They tell my love for birds, nature, sewing, crafting, and vintage items.
There are so many different ideas for garlands, buntings, and banners that I think one could do a year of photographs of them. Just think of the possibilities, Easter banners, birthday banners, beach theme banners, Christmas banners; you get the idea. Am I going to do the series? No, but banners may be showing up more in my photography!