Wednesday

Three Spring Meanings

The last of October’s ornamental blossoms, a brooch of a bounding deer and a coil twisted from craft wire — this still life plays with three meanings of the word “spring”. I shot it on a wooden box scavenged from a flea market using window light and Ilford HP5 Plus (the result has surprisingly little grain for this film), before hand-colouring in Photoshop.

My digital additions are perhaps too subtle — so realistic that the image looks like it was shot in colour. Having said this, I’m proud of creating a true gold tone on the brooch, which is actually silver.

The image is calm and delicate, unlike much of my other work. I usually prefer the drama of wide-angle or cheap plastic lenses, but have opted here for detail and the pragmatic view of a 50mm lens.

3 comments:

Kerriann said...

I really like this, although as you say it's quite different from your other work. The underlying pattern on the box is beautiful. Is the brooch yours? It looks a bit 1930's...

Kirralee said...

Very beautiful and absolutely awesome photo. I really like it too!

Kathleen said...

Thanks. Yes, the brooch is mine -- I picked in up in a second-hand shop for a few dollars and it has quickly become a favourite. I can't resist a pretty pin.