The Ordinary | For me creating still life compositions is a form of self-exploration. The creating process is an intriguing and almost devotional journey through my mind. Through predilections in aesthetical decisions such as subject matter, color and composition the work reflects who I am, where I come from, what I’ve experienced and what I want to pursue.
I am fascinated by how much beauty exists in an ordinary thing such as a piece of toast, if looked at it in a certain way. The proverb ”There is beauty in everything, just not everybody sees it”, is being illustrated throughout this series of still lives. Nothing is too insignificant or ordinary, that there wouldn’t be beauty in it.
To me, the process of creating these images was as important as the end result. Starting with a blank white table, as an empty canvas, I started creating shapes and forms exploring them and appreciating the beauty of my subject’s unique qualities. Slowly shapes transformed into arrangements. I had a picture in my head of a certain feature of an item I was photographing, revealing that quality became my starting point and a core of the finalized image.
The fundamentals of my photographic work: the use of light, color and and empty space are distinctly present in this series, as well as my desire for simplicity and lightness. I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration for my work from Laura Letinsky’s and Wolfgang Tillmans’ still lives.
With the series The Ordinary I want the viewer to share my sense of wonder and joy in the ordinary objects of everyday life. I want to give the audience a moment to appreciate the things we so often take for granted and overlook. I wish to encourage people to slow down from the hecticness of life to a more tranquil pace in which they are able to fully observe and receive the beauty and peculiarity of this miraculous world we live in. www.lottalemetti.com