HILARY ROBERTSON: the stuff of life

HILARY ROBERTSON: the stuff of life


Hilary Robertson has been one of my inspirations for awhile now. Every since I came across her effortless styling and still life work, she continues to provoke and inspire me whenever I see something she has created. As a budding photographer, I’m inspired most by negative space in a composition, my eye goes more to the negative, the breathing space, as I always say. A place for your eye to rest before you bounce back to the objects in the composition. The play between opposites always lends inspiration and I find no one better at captivating this then Ms. Robertson.

“Creating something beautiful is compelling and addictive. It’s meditation of sorts and, I suspect, just as good for the soul. You don’t need anything except for your eye, your chosen objects, and an idea of what you would like to achieve in an aesthetic sense. Even if nothing else in your room pleases you, you can transform one surface to your own satisfaction.

When you are engaged in setting up a still life, there will always be another way to do things, another possible configuration, but it is up to you to decide when the composition is finished. Sometimes the greatest satisfaction comes from dismantling a composition, probably because that’s when it starts to feel less contrived.


Set it up, then mess it up‘ seems to be the stylist’s mantra.”

                                                                                           ~Hilary Robertson


THE STUFF OF LIFE by Hilary Robertson can be purchased at rylandpeters.com.


posted June 3, 2014

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