For this week’s reader challenge, we asked you to submit photos of the inanimate. And as always you delivered. While some people have chosen more unusual subjects to photograph, the vast majority have stuck with classic still life hallmarks, including floral arrangements, skulls, glassware, and more. The winning images range from dramatic to lighthearted to just plain spooky.
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Cover photo by David Terao. See more of David’s work here.
Channeling the Dutch Masters
Skulls are a staple of the still life genre, and Instagram user Skzikit brilliantly captures the work of Dutch Golden Age painters like Pieter Claesz in this shot. Plus, with Halloween just around the corner, the spooky factor feels extra fitting.
Sometimes the simplest motifs result in the most beautiful pictures. And Susan Liepa’s egg picture is a good example. Something about them makes me smile, maybe it’s the delicate way they’re stacked, the soft tones, or the soft focus. Or maybe I’m just hungry for a Hardboiled… no, definitely the former.
Swirls of Shadows & Highlights
This is a particularly beautiful image of a very simple subject – the humble glass – masterfully captured by José Luis Funes. The swirling highlights and shadows play well against the plain, lightly textured gray background. And the framing gives the subject plenty of room to breathe.
But perhaps most importantly, no drinks appeared to have been spilled during the making of this shot.
stand up straight
This still life captured by Robert Serbinenko puts a smile on my face too. Although the subject matter is, once again, quite ordinary, the results are both humorous and eye-catching. I feel like I’m looking at a couple of tiny soldiers just lined up against a setting sun, or maybe an unreleased Pink Floyd album cover. Or maybe both.
Horizontal arrangement with lilies and flax
This classic still life scene was captured by Judith Hamblyn using her Samsung S10 smartphone. The arrangement looks professionally styled, ie beautiful. And I love the way the flower colors stand out against the dark green background.
Last but not least we have this amazing barn scene with a 1969 Pontiac GTO shot in southern Alberta, Canada by Gordon Hunter. While old cars, broken bikes, and rotting dolls might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “still life,” the scene certainly works! I can only imagine what other treasures are hidden inside.