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Narrative Still Life Photoshoot: Poisonous Passion

Narrative Still Life Photoshoot: Poisonous Passion

How I came up with this Idea

When I was photographing Romantic Night, I took out all the bottles of perfume my family owned and I found Christian Dior's Poison bottle. The title "Poison" intrigued me and I wanted to make a narrative still life photograph out of it. Then I thought about making a narrative of "Poisonous Love." I had that idea from the beginning of the Romantic Night and was developing how I am going to shoot that while I was shooting. 

Inspiration

When I think about still-life photo shoot. The first photographer I go for inspiration is Irving Penn because he knows how to create a story telling photos while knowing how to compose and create simple but eye-catching lighting. And one of his famous still life, "After-Dinner Game", attracted my interest. Then I thought about "what if I make 'Poisonous Passion' narrative", rather than Love. Using the objects that are addictive and poisonous to the people's mind and brain. 

After Dinner Game by Irving Penn

After Dinner Game by Irving Penn

Photoshoot

Equipment:

  • 4x5 Horseman View Camera
  • Nikon D7000
  • Lee Filter Diffusion Roll
  • C-stands
  • Profoto D2 1000w
  • PocketWizard
  • Velvia 100 4x5 Positive Transparency sheets

Props

  • Crystal wine glass
  • Cigarette
  • Cards
  • Drie Rose Leaves
  • Matches
  • Christian Dior Poison
  • Garlic wrap (for aesthetic and for composition)

 

For this photoshoot, I used a film camera and a digital camera to create the imagery. As for the film camera, I used a 4x5 Horseman View Camera with Velvia 100 sheet film. I like 4x5 camera because it makes me slow down and look over every detail on the glass. 

However, what you see on the camera is upside down and it is a bit hard to imagine what you are actually capturing. 

Lighting

As for lighting, I used a backlit window natural light. Then I used the Lee filter Diffusion roll to soften the light. Then I bounced with a white board to get the logo on the Perfume.  

 

Behind the scene image of 4x5 Horseman View Camera

Behind the scene image of 4x5 Horseman View Camera

 

Final Shots

Digital shot of Poisonous Passion by Charlie Sin 

Digital shot of Poisonous Passion by Charlie Sin 

Contact sheet of the 4x5 Horseman View Camera

Contact sheet of the 4x5 Horseman View Camera

35mm film review: Adox Color implosion

35mm film review: Adox Color implosion

 Developing a narrative in photography: Bedroom Romantic Night Concept

Developing a narrative in photography: Bedroom Romantic Night Concept