These resolutely pictorialist still lifes by New York photographer Paulette Tavormina recall 17-century paintings. To compose the dramatic atmosphere of her images, Tavormina makes careful arrangements of fruit, flowers, ceramics, shells, butterflies, insects and even goldfish attempting to escape their prisons. Each element is closely linked to the place where it was found: fresh produce from New York City markets, mollusks from the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, beetles purchased from a Paris taxidermist. These finely lit photographs promote respect for natural products and culinary traditions, with a touch of romanticism.
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