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Still Life with Sharyn Cairns

The phrase ‘still life’ conjures up such fond memories for me. It takes me back to art practicals in high school, where I dried out mielies in the weeks leading up to it to create texture and a notion of abandoned abundance. In my mind, still lifes are all about the wrinkles and layers and sustenance and… fun. Sharyn Cairns, a world renowned Australian photographer, takes the nostalgic idea of still life and brings it to a beautiful, breathtaking photographic reality.

Sharyn’s inspiring portfolio spans interiors, food, travel, and lifestyle. She is committed to creating beautiful images that capture a mood and an emotion, playing with light and shadows to create levels of depth and distinctly memorable scenes. Her work is featured in notable international publications, including Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Living, Belle, Dwell, Kinfolk, Elle Decoration UK, House and Garden UK, Living Etc UK, among others.

In her ‘still life’ series, she combines current design objects with well-worn ones, and features interior settings that mix comfort, design and off-beat beauty. Her work is exquisite. I tried to compile a list of favourites, but I’ve pretty much included them all because they are all just so beautiful. 

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