As we slow down and decompress from the past year, we think it’s the perfect moment to share our latest visual essay by Sydney-based photographer, Leif Prenzlau. Leif was inspired by Post-Impressionist still life paintings. These striking images are beautifully lit to create a warm and calming mood. The use of shadow and saturated colour evoke a moment of pause and reflection – a nice place to be as we head into the new year.
“Photography means a number of things to me . Sometimes I love that it can be art or a feeling and other times a memory”
“My background is in commercial photography, predominantly in fashion and portrait. Although, I’ve recently been shooting more still life and really enjoying it; in a commercial sense as well as having the creative freedom to make something up as I go. With these images I definitely had post-impressionist still life works in mind. I love how they focussed on the most simple of subjects and brought such a warm and calming feeling, keeping the artwork subtle while still using bold colours. I guess my inspiration for this series was to try and portray these same feelings in an image.”
“I discovered photography through surfing with my friends growing up. While I was injured, I took photos of my friends surfing every afternoon after school.”