Due to some personal troubles I’m a little down at the moment, so zapped from all inspiration I cancelled the shooting of a new still life I had planned and dived into my old slides instead.

“The attic”, the series of which this shot was a part, was originally shot on slide for a multi-projector slide-show based on and accompanied by the sound track of “Wild at Heart”, song nr 9. Smoke Rings. In fact, I guess this series and that song are the seeds from which my passion for nostalgic still life photography was born.

On the subject, the Piccolo magazines were the Playboys of it’s time. Scandalous practically nude photos of women in bathing suits ( covering them mostly from ankle to neck) were shown every so often. A nude ankle, can you imagine! Outrageous. :)

On the technique, I used a powerful 500w lamp with some aluminium foil wrapped around it. In the foil was a small whole which created a beam like effect. The mood I was looking for was an attic with a sole ray of light through a small window.

From the same series:

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attic, book, books, glasses, magazine, model, periodical, still life, vintage, retro


  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful still Peter! The light is beautiful! So well done! Sorry to hear that you are down. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  • Thank you ever so much Robin.
    And remember, what goes down, must come up. :)
    (or was it the other way around?)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 4 years ago

    Which ever way Peter…..up is always the better option!

  • Sure enough,
    stupid thing is it’s caused by something material, a dispute with a contractor, but it’s about a lot of money and, you know, it’s kind of a (small) threat to what we have build for ourselves. I guess even more important then the money is the clash of (or the lack of?) respect. We’ll see where it leads us today..

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47almost 4 years ago

    Very nice and the technique has worked very well for you!

  • Thank you once again for your ongoing interest in and support of my work

    – Peter Zentjens

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanalmost 4 years ago

    I like your nostalgic style Peter, it’s so original! I hope life improves for you soon, (I understand how you feel)

  • Thank yo Mandy!
    I hope you are not to deep down…

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Chelei
    Cheleiover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!! Would you please consider entering your art into the Just Fun Group because we have a Still Life Challenge that this image would be a wonderful addition!

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