Editor’s note: Constance Sanders is a parishioner at Christ Church Cathedral and a Boar’s Head cast member. She frequently contributes photographs of parish activities for cathedral publications. Some of her best still life photographs of Boar's Head props is part of the Boar’s Head Art Exhibit .
November 24, 2014
|Mummer Wait Constance Sanders|
Mummer Wait Constance Sanders, 2005
Constance Sanders, 2014
From left, Singing Waits Michael Dauterman, Dawn Bruestle,
Constance Sanders, Eric Duell, 2010
C.K. Wang, photo
From left, Singing Waits Ezekiel McCall, Constance Sanders,
Eric Duell, Dawn Bruestle, 2014
Christopher Koon, photo
I first became attracted to still life photography when a fellow musician/photographer started posting his still life images on a camera club bulletin board; he was influenced by the painting style of the old masters. I approached the images in the Boar’s Head props using this style, and naturally, I included some musical subjects.
Still Life with Bells, ©Constance Sanders 2014
Still Life with Mandolin, ©Constance Sanders 2014
The image with the mandolin (pictured above) and three others were made using a technique called light painting. I chose this method because I was not getting the desired background effect for these subjects. I used a small flashlight to “paint” over the subject for a long exposure time in near or total darkness. For these four images, exposure ranged between four and fifteen seconds.