Untitled 11 is one of the images to emerge from the most recent Sacred Objects collaboration with fellow artist Shannon Drake. In this composition, she set the table and I lit, then photographed. It was during this art weekend, we realized how romantic Shannon's images tend to be.
All of the images from the Sacred Objects collaboration have finally been edited down and I am excited to share them. I am still just as thrilled about this project as I was when Shannon and I were working on it and have many ideas for our next shoot. Though these photographs were inspired by and are related to my original Cabinet of Curiosities series, you can see the influence of another artist in the compositions. Overall we finished up with ten solid still lifes; not bad for our first time working together. Included in this post are half of our photos, the rest will be up next week.
Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to collaborate with a friend and fellow artist on a project branching off from the Cabinet of Curiosities series. While we have been close friends for over twelve years now and admirers of each other's work, Shannon and I had never combined forces before. Shannon is not only a talented painter, but the creative mind behind the trailblazing brands The Dirt and Jambo Superfoods. Going in to our art filled weekend I was slightly nervous: just as you never really know someone until you live with them, you really don't know how a collaboration will go until you try. Every artist I have ever known has their individual working style and preferences but in fact, I had nothing to worry about.
From the start, the two of us were on the same wavelength: we smoothly transitioned from composition to composition, we worked off each other's energy, and our individual ideas complimented the other's. This collaboration was an experience that left me feeling reenergized, inspired, and already looking forward to our next project.
As I mentioned, the images we created are an offshoot of the long term Cabinet of Curiosities series so the photos focus on the natural world, natural lighting, the circle of life and death, and ordinary debris displayed in a way that cherishes their existence. Though we have not decided for certain on a title, we are considering Sacred Objects and would love to hear your thoughts.
Below is a sneak peek, an unedited portion of one of my favorite compositions of the weekend. I think I can speak for Shannon and myself when I say we are excited to show you the rest. They will be out soon.
Fine art photographer with a background in photojournalism and commercial work. - Still life images inspired by nature, life, death, light, and oddities.