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Flatware Simplicity

ISO100 50mm f/11 1/30sec

I’ve been really inspired by extremely simple fine art lately and have been meaning to give a go at it. Having been in Cutco Cutlery sales for some time I knew just the subject and was quit enthused about bringing my passion for the worlds finest cutlery to my passion of creative expression.

Usually when I come to a creative project like this, I only have a general idea of what I may be going for, however with this project I had the end result in mind and went to town setting it up to get just the right outcome. I actually originally had this idea to shoot a dog on a seamless white back drop and have the front half to one side and the back to the other. I still look forward to creating that, but found the same inspiration for this project. I think I may turn it into a series eventually.

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57 thoughts on “Flatware Simplicity

  1. See, that is great, I would hang a series of that in my kitchen any day.
    How did you achieve the lighting?

  2. I actually thought it was two pieces of flatware. The dog photo would be great fun. Hard to do sans shadow with a wiggle pup. Maybe a hunting dog that points..? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I love Cutco! But you have to know the contrast on this image is extraordinary! Can’t wait to hear about your light box. And I really need to get daylight bulbs in my my clamp fixtures. Good post.

  4. Great post, thanks Nick. I can’t wait for the light box tutorial.

  5. So simple and yet so beautiful!!

  6. I look forward to your light box tutorial. I built one this past weekend but I’m still tweaking it and feel there’s definitely room for improvement. I’m interested to find out what type of diffuser you use.

    • Tissue Paper. Works great! Other good materials are, white plastic trash bags, I’ve heard wax paper can work well, and when I do big lighting I use a thin white plastic table cloth that I got for a buck or two at Party City. You just want to make sure your getting white white materials otherwise you’ll have a nasty color cast over your shot.

  7. Simple elegance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I totally agree with Mysty – simply ellegance! Thank you for coming by my blog and subscribing to it… hope one day Iยดll have a good eye for beauty, like yours… Beautiful photos! Greetings from (currently!) Recife, Northeastern coast of Brazil!

    • Brazil!! Wonderful, I love when people share their location. I still find it great that my creative work is able to reach across the world! Thanks so much for your kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Seduire Boudoir on said:

    This is awesome! I’d hang this shot up in my kitchen as well. Very simple and clean photography. Love it.

  10. I think this is quite elegant and elucidating. Is your light box portable, as in, easy to bring on a plane?
    My wife would adore a series like this shot as she is a big fan of flatware.


    • Hey Michael! Right now its not portable, but I have an idea for a more portable version. Ill put it together one of these days and let you know if it works out ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your kind words!

  11. love this! would be great art for a restaurant, too . . . just sayin’ . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰ love the lines and shapes and a little bit of reflection(?) in the tines of the fork.

  12. Love Cutco and LOVE this shot… I keep telling myself, “gotta make myself a box and experiment” can’t wait for the tute!

  13. Very nice, I like the simplicity of the photo coupled with the black and white.

  14. Magnifiscent composition Nick!

  15. Great idea, simply beautiful!

  16. I love what you did with this. You really did a great job. It’s very simple but effective

  17. This is a great shot Nick ! Just curious, did you intend the gray feel to the pic?

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  19. Beautiful graphical and spare, excellent compositional idea. Love the contrast and B&W processing.

  20. Hi, Nick. You’ve mentioned in several posts that you aim for simplicity and I know that’s one of the reasons I enjoy visiting your blog. You don’t clutter things up, but stay with a few strong compositional elements that define the meaning of your images. “Less is more, more or less.” (I seem to recall that from some old high school drama).

  21. beautiful lighting and crispness….good enough to eat with ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. it really looks like that clip art in microsoft word, which as a photograph means it looks surreal.

  23. I think you should, that’s beautiful, simple and sharp. Looking forward to see you develop that concept more

  24. Great shot Nick love it so simple

  25. My girlfriend was once a part of the Cutco sales cult, so we appreciate the fine fetishism of any and all cutlery. Well done!

  26. Great imaginative shot–thanks so much for Following my blog. I plan to watch your journey too, Sally

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