Still Life and the “Do‑It‑Yourself” Home Studio
From the poetic paintings of the Dutch Masters to commercial products in catalogs, the still life is ubiquitous in art and photography. How can we express ideas by arranging a collection of objects? How can lighting convey emotions? In this course, we will look closely at artists working in the genre and learn how to communicate ideas, as well as manipulate lighting in a do-it-yourself environment. Through demonstrations and weekly assignments, students will learn how to use both ambient and artificial light to illuminate a still life. Understanding how light behaves will allow us to manipulate it through reflections, diffusion, and blocking. Supported by in-class critiques, students will end the course with a cohesive portfolio of still life photographs.
Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in The Bronx. His practice takes place mainly in the realm of photography, but also incorporates performance, drawing, video, installation, and intaglio techniques. All of these are used in unison as he turns his camera on himself and delves into self-portraiture, exploring his relationship with his body, body image ideals, and food relationships as subject matter.
Nestor has an MFA from Hunter College and holds a BSc in botany. He was part of the Artist in the Marketplace and Creative Capital’s Taller mentorship programs, and was part of The Bronx Museum of the Art’s Fourth Biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo de las Américas, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Longwood Gallery, and the Liga de Artes de San Juan. He currently teaches digital and darkroom photography at the International Center of Photography and The Point CDC.Néstor teaches lighting for still life and more for StrudelmediaLive.