10 Past 10 by Peter Zentjens

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The subject of my new Nostalgia still life, part of the ongoing series, is something rather special today. Special to me at least. It’s a family piece. This is my fathers first watch. I believe, though I’m not 100% sure, he received it on his 17th birthday. Today my father is 69, so do the maths. These days, I’m the one wearing it on occasion. It’ might be scratched a little, well, a lot, but it’s still working and wearing this watch, it’s just so nostalgic. :)

As usually created using my painted with light technique One new factor today though, I put in a few highlights using a laser pointer!


  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    I love it, Peter, as I love all your art!!!!! Wonderful golden light and highlights … your nostalgia works always go right to the heart!!!!

  • Oh thank you Lois, that is one uplifting comment. :)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 5 years ago

    I feel for this. When my dad passed away, I got his old Longines from the late 50’s. It was totally oxidized and the face was barely readable… but this amazing watchmaker in Brussels restored it to its former glory and it is now a favorite possession and nostalgic treasure.
    Interstingly, the time is 10 past 10… you must know watches as every watch advertisement shows the hands at 10 past 10 as it is the most aesthetic setting for the face. Surprisingly few people know this…

    Lovely work, wonderful series!

  • Thank you Billyboy, happy to hear you have such a nostalgic memento of you father.
    And the 10 past 10 business, they did teach me a few tricks in school. :)
    Anyway, it doesn’t really work according to the rules here as the watch is completely on it’s side.
    Cheers for such a wonderful comment!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 5 years ago

    Thanks, but I’ve already got a sore neck… never could stand looking at a watch on its side!!

  • LOL! ;)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleover 5 years ago

    another exquisite image Peter ! I always love as much the ambiance you create.
    I only hope people know how difficult to achieve is the technique, so how brilliant and excellent is your work.
    On my side, I didn’t invest time in it yet… well in fact, I told myself that a Master on RB was already enough ;-)
    keep it up

  • Thank you Aimelle. The creation of ambience is very important for me in shooting and composing a still life. It is something that has grown through the years. However I do think lots of people just see a shot and not the hours of lighting, manipulating white balance, and subtly layering. So, it’s always great to get credit for that. Thanks a million!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • shannondonovan
    shannondonovanover 5 years ago

    I love the feel of this shot!

  • Cheers for the comment Shannon, and thank you for the honour of the feature.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 5 years ago

    Great shot, well done and congratulations on being featured.

  • Many thanks David

    – Peter Zentjens

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 5 years ago

    Excellent work on this one as well Peter!!! Special watch..special image!!*-)

  • Thanks Deb

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, Peter! Love vintage watch like this one. Reminded me the one my father used to have.

  • Not something the next generation will be saying, the watches they make these days don’t last for 50 years. :)
    Cheers for the comment and fav Silvia!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Heps
    Hepsover 5 years ago

  • Thank you Taschja, you honour me to much!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • titus
    titusover 5 years ago

    outstanding! I love the negative space in this shot, so active.

  • Thanks Titus, both for comment and fav

    – Peter Zentjens

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