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Still Life

N. Ryan

in collaboration with Sebastian

A still life is a static state filled with vibratory motion, or resonance.
A quivering in the stability of a category or a trajectory,
it gives the ordinary a charge of an unfolding (Stewart 2007, 19)

What is Still Life photography? What are "still-life" images? What makes them still? Is it the square frame from within which they are produced that freezes the image? Is it the stasis of the "final product", the picture/image? Do pictures not move? What about when they are in a sequence, juxtaposition, dialogue. Or do we still perceive their completed form as stopped shots, snapped movements, moments? Can we consider or perceive the movement within and between the still images? Does movement ever really cease?

 

 

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Massumi, Brian. 2002 "Introduction: Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t." In Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Stewart, Kathleen. 2012 "Precarity’s Forms." Cultural Anthropology 27(3):518-525. DOI 10.1111/j.1548-1360.2012.01157.x

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Wikipedia. 2017 "Still Life Photography." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Still_life_photography