Remember that failed project? Well, I left it up for a while to see if anything would come out of it. Eventually, the idea of capturing the things that I notice when drawing, with photography.
When drawing, you learn to look at still lives very differently. In photography, you tend to modify everything so that the focal point stands out. However, when drawing you tend to search for the truth, looking and drawing, erasing and re-drawing to show the still life accurately. One particular thing that you notice in drawing and not in photography is the shape of spaces in between the objects and the minute details in them.
One of the powers of photography is that the photographer can use the focus to make you look at something. As a photographer, I can make you focus on the brown camera rather than the brown camera, background, or red bowl.
When drawing, you tend to notice shadows, cracks, and other minute yet interesting details. Take a minute and look at the shadows, reflections, overlapping paper, and in between shapes.
These pictures emphasize the reflections.
These pictures emphasize the shapes. I made the shapes simpler by converting them to black and white so that they are easier to see.
Shadows are also pretty amazing. Most of us think of shadows as grey and dark but what most people don't realize are the colors within the shadows.
I started taking these pictures when the sun was up, so there was daylight filling in the shadows from my lamp, but as the sun set there was no blue daylight to fill the shadows, so the color of the shadows changed.
Hopefully, this post has helped you to see things a bit more like an art student. It helped me to understand what I see and how to use it to make things beautiful.