Oranges was an exploration in form, composition and color, to evoke a mood. Composition is such an important element in a successful image, and the still life is an excellent way to test one's skills. In terms of subject matter and color choice, I was inspired by my response to Art Deco architecture in California (sadly only via books and the internet). I wanted to capture the intensity of a crystal clear, blue sky cushioned with the curves of contrasting yellow and orange deco buildings. I love the accents of colored strips on deco buildings, and that's what motivated the red berries. For the lighting, I wanted something that provided contrast and long shadows to give the impression that the sun is setting after a long, hot day. I then gave it a vignette and a "painterly" filter and removed all the reflections so it gave the impression that it could be a painting.
Jennifer Mason is an Auckland-born artist working in the medium of photography. She has studied photography in New York (2004); gained a BFA/BA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2005); and has won numerous art awards for her work, which has been featured in prominent New Zealand collections.