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