No dining space is complete without art. It’s a room for family and entertaining, and a place where we go to indulge the senses. Fine art photography for a dining room has incredible power to heighten those experiences, and to transform the space into a welcoming, comfortable environment.
Here, my work entitled Lemon Portrait is seen hanging in a simply appointed dining area. The room has an understated, old-fashioned, nature-oriented charm. This is echoed by the uncomplicated still life featuring basic natural elements, as well as the antique silver pieces, in the picture.
But the simplicity is deceptive. The vibrant colors of the lemons, limes, and basket breathe much-needed life into the muted, neutral room. The image further comes to life where the components and their hues reflect in the silver; it’s easy to imagine the reflections dancing on these surfaces as you move around the pitcher and chalices, changing your perspective.
In this way, there’s a certain activity and interactivity between the subject and the viewer.
The interaction deepens as you imagine the familiar scents of the fresh citrus fruits. You’ll naturally do it, given the way the lemons and limes seem to emerge from the plane of the photograph. This is largely due to the composition, placing them centrally and surrounding them with smooth, darker tones, allowing their texture and color to emanate toward you.