A Ball Of String and An Enamel Plate

There’s times when I’m shopping alone that I’m really, really glad that I don’t have anyone with me. Like yesterday. I was browsing the antique shop for anything that might work as styling props for shooting food, I had in mind some old cutlery or worn linen, possibly some china plates. I didn’t expect to stumble upon a ball of string and feel ridiculously excited, you know that feeling when you see something that’s just perfect even though you weren’t looking for it and you just have to have it. It’s normally associated with shoes and handbags but yesterday I had that “Oooh I need this in my life” feeling over a ball of string!! If there had been anyone with me I’m sure they’d have thought I was losing my marbles, but how often do you discover a perfect ball of string? And then I found an enamel plate, also quite an exciting find, I would have loved it to look a little more chipped and worn, then it would have been perfect, but still I added it to my secret stash of props.

When I got home the sun was streaming through the windows and I got to thinking about that ball of string, how it was destined only to ever play a small background role in photographs. If you have read back on this blog at all you will know that I have a passion for shooting very ordinary items, for celebrating the beauty in everyday items, so I decided that just for once the ball of string could play the starring role.

still life photography by Janet Broughton

still life photography by Janet Broughton

still life photography by Janet Broughton

still life photography by Janet Broughton

PS – Just to clarify I do also get that feeling over handbags & shoes (especially colourful ones), it’s not reserved for strange purchases such as string!