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.
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.
- 4x5 Horseman View Camera
- Nikon D7000
- Lee Filter Diffusion Roll
- Profoto D2 1000w
- Velvia 100 4x5 Positive Transparency sheets
- Crystal wine glass
- Drie Rose Leaves
- 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.
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.