The rich colours and dark backgrounds of paintings from the Renaissance and Dutch Masters periods influence Amanda Swaney’s photographs of Still Life.
Australian native plants, garden flowers, fruit and vegetables grown on her Mansfield farm form the subject matter for the photographs.
Sharp focus captures the texture and tones of the subjects and invite the viewer to lean into images and to be tempted to stroke the soft petal of a rose or to touch the rough skin of a pomegranate.
Amanda’s photographs can be found printed on canvas, placemats, cards, calendars and bookmarks.
Title of image: ‘Shades of Orange’
‘Shades of Aubergine’ explores form and links the defined lines of a pewter jug and the soft leathery leaves of the succulents.
‘Through the window – Pomegranates and Olives’ explores inside of a formal still life and outside realm of the Strathbogie Ranges
‘Winter Merrijig Tree’ stands as a sentinel to the vast mountain landscape and signals the changes in the seasons.
‘Morandi Vases with Yellow Rose’ The image references the paintings of Georges Morandi – a famous Italian still life artist.His minimalistic style is captured in this photograph by Amanda Swaney which depicts a simple placement of three vessels
and the hallmark single yellow rose.