Starting form a blank canvas - Polina Plotnikova (6:30 PM PST)
Location: Online Zoom Meeting.
When: Wednesday March 03, 2021 from 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Starting form a blank canvas
My presentation titled “Starting form a blank canvas” and features images on two of my favorite photographic subjects – Creative Flower Portraiture and Still Life. Both themes are illustrated with images from my studio work.
The talk consists of two parts.
- the "Flower portraits" part of the evening is about my approach to flower photography which is somewhat similar to portrait photography: for every flower and plant that I photograph, I always try to find a unique look, study its mood and character, unlock its hidden beauty. In doing so, I neither aim at creating an accurate natural/botanical image, nor try to picture a flower in its natural habitat. What matters is my creative interpretation of a flower image.
- in the "Still Life" part of the evening I talk about composition, light, textures and colors that I use when creating my still life setups. My approach - for better or worse - is to start by creating an image in my mind's eye and proceed to taking photographs only after all details have been thought through. There will be a few schematic illustrations to show my studio hardware and to demonstrate various stages of putting together a still life setup.
About Polina Plotnikova I am a Russian-born UK-based photographer. I studied at Moscow State University and in the Christies Education in London/Modern Art studies.
I worked with photography all my life in the museums, galleries and image libraries.
These days I am teaching Creative Flowers photography and often visit photography clubs around South East with photography talks. I am also a member of Arena Photographers group.
I have an FRPS and an EFIAP photography distinctions and a number of photographic awards, including eight Gold and Silver Gilt medals at the RHS photography competitions, category winner of Food Photographer of The Year competition, various distinction