This is a totally ad lib shot that I took while sitting at the breakfast table (which sounds distinctly grand, doesn’t it, until you find out that it is in fact our only table …) to see if a camera was working properly.  Just how honest and up front can I get???  I looked through the large and rather wonderful electronic viewfinder, liked what I saw, and snapped it.

This rather cluttered still life is lit by that most wonderful (and gratis) of light sources, window light, and it also benefits from the fact that this light is filtered through net curtains.

It is a totally natural (i.e. unarranged) still life, which has three main subjects.  On the right is a lovely old chair, bought second hand at least 25 years ago, and probably originating in the generation before mine, if not earlier.  Then there are two examples from my wife’s orchid collection, one in flower and the other looking rather ravaged and destitute, though with abundant aerial roots.

And finally, at the back, two pieces of pottery, the one at the front having been made by John Leach, the grandson of Bernard Leach, at his pottery in Muchelney, on the Somerset Levels.

I like this picture.  Well, it is a part of my home, so I’m probably biassed.  But what do I like most?  Well, without a doubt, the light spilling over the warm colours of that old chair.  The objects on the left of the picture are well lit and, in their way, visually interesting.  But the chair is more snugly in the shadows, the light and shadow are washing over its surfaces, amplifying its wonderful old creases and textures >>> a metaphor for myself perhaps …..

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 83mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Chez Moi!; 3 May 2018.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. love your still life,simple an effective


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you very much – this was very off-the-cuff, I simply raised the camera and saw something totally familiar – perhaps it was only then that I really saw it for the first time. Adrian


  2. Lovely scene, beautifully lit!


  3. I like the lighting too. And the vase (?) under the orchid is the same (almost) color of the wonderful snugly, comfy looking chair. Great ad lib capture, bud.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      ATP, thank you very much – well it was off the cuff, and I had my sleeves rolled up, so I never thought about colours, but the pottery’s colour is like the chair – what’s that word … serendipity? …but what are those other words? … ragged edge of disaster??? ATP 😀 😀 😀


  4. bluebrightly says:

    I do, too, and I like hearing you describe the various elements. Oh, that chair does look wonderful. The acid-y magenta of the orchid with the warm caramel of the chair and pottery is an unexpected color combination that works well. I’d love to see the pottery pieces in another still life….


  5. Meanderer says:

    What a lovely, warm, still life. That soft deep upholstery on the chair looks comfortable and inviting situated as it is by the window.

    I find it interesting to see little glimpses of treasured spaces and objects in people’s homes.


  6. paula graham says:

    very homely indeed!


  7. esterkiki says:

    Beautiful ☺ I had to save the picture.👌🏼


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