What image comes to mind when you read the word still life? For many, it’s likely to be a bowl of fruit or a classic European painting. However, photography allows us to push these old-school boundaries, providing new perspectives on everyday objects.

Whether it’s the beauty of a single leaf or an arrangement of cherished objects, check out the video below to learn more about the many ways to approach a still life.

Looking for more inspiration? Stop by the museum to check out iconic still lifes by photographer Irving Penn in Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty. And while you’re there, be sure to check out MOPA’s library to explore the topic through over 20,000 titles dedicated to photography.

Don’t forget to share your favorite still life shot with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram @MOPASD!

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