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Baroque-es­que still-life pho­to­graph of pump­kin wows IGPOTY judges

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THIS del­i­cately lit, still-life pump­kin ar­range­ment was taken by pro­fes­sional Ital­ian pho­tog­ra­pher Flavio Catalano. It is the win­ning en­try at this year’s In­ter­na­tional Gar­den Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year (IGPOTY) Still Life Photo Project com­pe­ti­tion.

Flavio shot this in the stu­dio with his Nikon D750 and 24-120mm lens. He cre­ated a rus­tic kitchen set­ting and chose a light­ing set- up to match the style of the Flem­ish Baroque painters. His aim was to cre­ate a time­less, at­mo­spheric and cel­e­bra­tory im­age of a pump­kin.

The judges said: ‘ There is in­deed some­thing truly time­less about this im­age that com­mu­ni­cates a tremen­dous amount of at­mos­phere within a multi-lay­ered com­po­si­tion, which has been ex­pertly ar­ranged. The back­ground el­e­ments work to­gether to cel­e­brate the fore­ground cross-sec­tion as a gift to the viewer, urg­ing us not to take such pre­cious bounty for granted.’

The Still Life Photo Project is one of three stand­alone projects that form part of the com­pe­ti­tion each year, and fo­cuses on the art of botan­i­cal ar­range­ments. Flavio will re­ceive £500 and his im­age ‘Pump­kin’ will be pub­lished in the new IGPOTY 12 book, fea­tured at the flag­ship ex­hi­bi­tion at the Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, in Fe­bru­ary 2019.

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