The e-mail was so unexpected and such a hoot that I spontaneously laughed out loud! The photography magazine Don't Take Pictures had just notified me that the image below was one of 50 accepted for their "Still Life" exhibition -- such a surprise because I don't actually do still life photography. I had submitted a few images to their call for art because I like the magazine and the editor, submissions are free and these images, even if unintentionally, are "still life-ish!"
Monday Morning Blues (phone)
This image is from my "Monday Morning Blues" project which portrays those early morning accidents that make you want to go back to bed. And yes, I deliberately dropped my old and very dead iPhone into a toilet to make this picture.
In general, I like still life photography but it's often overly serious and macabre -- moldy cheese, spoiled fruit and dead fish and fowl are popular! However, the Don't Take Pictures "Still Life" show is surprisingly fresh and whimsical so throwing a sunken phone into the mix isn't as strange as it seems! I think the show is terrific so treat yourself to some non-traditional still life images at: