Most of the time, a still life is not just about the objects that are pictured. It is the negotiating dance between objective items and subjective processes, nature and culture, tradition and innovation, and reality and illusion. Therefore, still life photography can be an extremely powerful art form- just like painting.
Photographer Jonathan Knowles is a still life master. He recently challenged the concept of motion within the construction of still life photos in the work series: Trajectories and Slime.
In “Trajectories” Jonathan presents fast-moving sporting objects in an unorthodox way. By slicing and isolating the subject matter, he invites us to witness the unique journey of objects as they move through time and space.
For the second ingenious series Slime, which is inspired by the Surrealist work of Salvador Dali, ‘Slime’, it embarks on a contemporary exploration of the irrational and creative mindset we experience when dreaming.
The slime moves through obscure, isolated environments. As a result, we are encouraged to question the narrative of the subject. Though apparently static, the slime is ever-moving and exploring its own space. It continually adopts different moods and forms, depending on its structural challenge.
Jonathan Knowles is an advertising photographer, specializing in still life. His unique style and impeccable technical skills are seen in many award-winning advertisements worldwide. Check out his work and visit his website here or his Instagram account here.