I love this word and the way it contains paradoxical meanings. It inspired the name of my blog, Still and All.
This wonderful still was made by Tina Modotti, a photographer working in the 1920s. It is part of the Getty Collection that is now open to public use. (In this program, the Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. Go have a look at the photography collection!)
Tina Modotti is considered to follow the tradition of contemplative photographers, which has captured my attention and curiosity. Being interested in photography has led me to an interest in photographers, particularly female ones.
Tina Modotti was a fascinating character who had a varied and full life, having been an actress, model, activist, photographer’s assistant and then photographer. She apprenticed with Edward Weston and was a contemporary of Frida Khalo. She documented many of Diego Rivera’s works, and in addition to still lifes, she focused her lens on the country people of Mexico.
Kim Manley Ort has written a piece on Tina Modotti for her blog that you may want to have a look at.