Anne Vallayer-Coster Still life

Anne Vallayer-Coster still life 

I began looking at Anne Vallayer-Costers works for lighting references for my still life composition photographs. I've also been using her work as reference and inspiration for composition. Simply looking at old classical art in reference for light and composition has transformed the photographs. These kind of painting as somehow very familiar to everyone- they are the kind of images we see on postcards, on calenders, in countless museums- they are very reproduce and copied because they are considered to be pleasing to the eye. these are paintings that are universally accepted as being beautiful. There is somethingmany would consider to be unbeautiful about the visual culture I am exploring- it is often hap-hazard, messy, badly thought out and deisgned. By putting objects from west african London into the contect of a 18th century still life painting, I am able to elevate their status. And because these sorts of painting are so widely recognized, it is immediately clear where my inspiration has come from, which is a good this. I a way, it makes the beauty of the visual culture I am exploring (and that is very apparent to me) more accessible to an audience, while also being quite fun and even funny. 

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