There are a few things to point out in this picture, first thing, depth of field, this picture makes the mushroom the main focus, whilst the background is blurred. Also, we can see the texture inside of the mushroom. I like this picture the most it is zoomed in, and the texture is smooth.

There are a few things to point out in this picture, first thing, depth of field, this picture makes the mushroom the main focus, whilst the background is blurred. Also, we can see the texture inside of the mushroom. I like this picture the most it is zoomed in, and the texture is smooth.

In Earth Laughs In Flowers David LaChapelle appropriates the traditional Baroque still life painting in order to explore contemporary vanity, vice, the transience of earthly possessions and, ultimately, the fragility of humanity.

In Earth Laughs In Flowers David LaChapelle appropriates the traditional Baroque still life painting in order to explore contemporary vanity, vice, the transience of earthly possessions and, ultimately, the fragility of humanity.

c. 1705 Oil on paper on panel, 27 x 20 cm Private collection - Adriaen Coorte. "Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life—a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple—the painter is giving you a secret message. He’s telling you that living things don’t last—it’s all temporary. Death in life. That’s why they’re called natures mortes. Maybe you don’t see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer—there it is.” Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Good things come in small packages

c. 1705 Oil on paper on panel, 27 x 20 cm Private collection - Adriaen Coorte. "Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life—a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple—the painter is giving you a secret message. He’s telling you that living things don’t last—it’s all temporary. Death in life. That’s why they’re called natures mortes. Maybe you don’t see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer—there it is.” Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

On Vanitas, Still Lifes and Rotting Fruit

Tangents: On Vanitas, Still Lifes and Rotting Fruit

Paul Cézanne - Still Life with Jug and Fruit, 1890  Oskar Reinhart Art Collection, Winterthur Switzerland

Paul Cézanne - Still Life with Jug and Fruit, 1890 Oskar Reinhart Art Collection, Winterthur Switzerland

Rotting Fruit: Photoshoot made to show the contrast between health and decay. Fruit is not actually decaying but made to look so by use of mixed media

Rotting Fruit: Photoshoot made to show the contrast between health and decay. Fruit is not actually decaying but made to look so by use of mixed media

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