This is the second in the series of my illustrative photography project. One of the things that I’m exploring throughout the series is connection and the meaning & significance we give to objects and things. I’ve been asking people to give me objects that mean something to them and perhaps have a connection to another person. I take that object in the studio and photograph it. It’s about much more than that for me though. Initially it was about giving myself a structure to work to, which would enable me to experiment on a regular basis and indulge my passion of light painting. Light painting is a very simple photographic technique. In its most basic form, using torch light or another light source and a long exposure to create your images. After discovering the technique at college I became hooked and over the years have absorbed it in to my studio technique, mixing the two together to create my own style of photography.
I had very little to go on with this teapot. Very little information about it at all. It was in a box of things and objects that had been given to the recipient when his aunt had passed away. I’m fascinated by the significance we give objects like these when friends or family members are no longer with us. So after some initial ideas, I walked into my studio put the teapot on the table and waited for inspiration to hit. Which it didn’t at first because it never turns up when you want it to, it can be very elusive and frustrating. So I waited, and stared at it, wondering why I was bothering. I then had a thought. I saw a picture in my head. I could see this little teapot overflowing with flowers. Flowers that were obviously way too big for it. So I worked on that, and here are the results. So what do they mean to you? What can you see in those images? I’d love to know. Feel free to comment.