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Fine Art Photography for a Dining Room: Not-So-Still Life

Fine Art Photography for a Dining Room: Not-So-Still Life

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.

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Born and raised in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, Karen holds a deep-seeded connection to the ever-changing landscape of the mountains. Her photographic subjects reflect her reverence for the extraordinary beauty and fragility of the natural world. Karen's career in photography began while working with nonverbal, autistic and learning disabled children on improving their communication skills. With a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Karen developed computer based communication systems using photographs that she took with her clients of objects and people in their lives. Photography helped these special-needs individuals see the world in different ways and facilitated their creativity as well as their communication skills. For several years, Karen juggled careers as both a speech-language pathologist and a professional photographer, but when she became a mother Karen realized that she could not continue careers in both fields. She took a “break” from her work as a speech-language pathologist, and ultimately, never went back. For the past several years, Karen has explored the fine art of still life photography, as well as abstract images using smoke with objects she hand-created. Her still life images containing botanicals, sea shells, butterflies, fossils and geodes, as well as her totally unique images of smoke have earned her national and international accolades, as well as coveted awards, including many from juried, fine art competitions. After living in many parts of the US, Asia and Europe, Karen has settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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