"Aunt Mildred's Bureau" by Eric Rennie
Still lifes are a common theme in juried competitions, including an exhibition called "In Stillness" that runs from December 8, 2016 to January 1, 2017 at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, VT, outside Burlington. My work above is one of 54 photographs selected for the show by photographer Diane Gabriel. As I noted in a previous post, a still life is normally thought of as a work of art depicting inanimate objects that are carefully arranged and lighted in a studio for pleasing aesthetic effect. I tend to shoot things as I find them, including this image taken at the little New England farm house where my father grew up and where my aunt lived until she was over 100. The photos on the dresser are of various of my relatives, including the one at left that I believe is of my father as a baby.