Still lifes have been created by artists since the middle ages, and continue to be a captivating subject to depict or photograph in any media.

They can evoke spirituality and mysticism, as well as decorative or colourful harmonies with use of contrasting tones, textures and qualities of light.

Some of my earliest images that I created as a photographer in the mid-1990s were still lifes inspired by the Mediterranean light – one of which remains one of my best selling prints ever, and adorns the cover of the book on Panarea that was published in 1998.

I also love the fact that still lifes are not photographed by chance but rather they have to be carefully composed and created; and if you use natural light as I strive to do always, as opposed to studio, then choosing the right time of day with the sun positioned to give a pleasing light direction with controlled shadows is of fundamental importance. This apples not only to the light but also in the layout of the objects and also sometimes in digital enhancements or embellishments afterwards, as a painter would do, leaving nothing to chance.

I always tell people that the wonderful 20th century Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, who painted still lifes of bottles his entire life, was as much a philosopher as an artist; every single object and every single brush stroke was important. Likewise in my Mediterranean or in fact Aeolian still lifes!