I have been setting up my still life for 3 days now. I listed 10 themes and narrowed it down until I decided on using myself as the theme: My name means flowers in water. My element is water. My card is the queen of clubs. So I listed objects to setup in my still life: flowers, water, playing cards, leaves, candles etc. I went in the backyard, emptied out and wiped down one of our magnificent clay pots, clogged the hole on the bottom with a kneaded eraser and filled it to the brim with water. I dug around in the garage and discovered our lantern designed for holding candles. I found a round candle, I cut up the roses from the garden, I dug through some clothing bags and found my silk Japanese robe as backdrop for the still life. I went to my parents house to borrow some masking tape and called my best friend to borrow his plastic playing cards (perfect for staying flat in water). Also a lighter for the candle.
After setup I spent sometime taking pictures during the day, but the lighting was too consistent and unimpressive. I waited until evening. I dug around the backroom and then the garage in search of extension cords and lamps. My roommate coincidentally joined me outside to practice his fencing exercises and was able to assist me in holding the light several ways while I took a million photographs. After an hour I went inside and transferred the images onto my laptop and narrowed it down to 15 photos, then to 8, then to 5, and now to 2, and now 1. I emailed and text some friends, artists and non artists, for feedback and am still awaiting replies from a few. But for the most part my roommates and myself have all liked this particular photo.