Photos by Paulette Tavormina
Still life photos reminiscent of 17th-century old master paintings.
I have long been fascinated by the magic of everyday objects, the majesty and delicacy of nature, and the world of culinary delight. I have blended decades of photography and food styling with a love of 17th-century Old Master paintings to create these still-life photographs. My greatest influences have been Francisco de Zurbaran, Adriaen Coorte and Giovanna Garzoni, in particular Zurbaran's mysterious use of dramatic light, Coorte's unique placement of treasured objects and Garzoni's masterful composition and color palette. The works of these artists remind us of the irretrievable passing of time—tempus fugit.