October. I have a few personal reasons why I shouldn’t like the month so much, despite my favorite holiday being at the end of it. But what I do love about October is the color. I love going out and shooting autumn still lifes with all of that fall/harvest color.
Most people think of bright oranges, blacks, and browns as fall harvest colors. But I don’t like to forget those deep rich burgandies, blues, reds, yellows, and purples.
One of my favorite still life subjects is what we call Indian Corn. There are other names for it, depending on where one grows up I suppose. Where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, it’s called Indian Corn. Other names for it are Ornamental Corn, Flint Corn, Calico Corn, Zea Mays, Glass Corn, and Maize, which is a catch-all name for corn. An ornamental, starchy corn, it can be ground and used for flour (think blue corn tortillas), but most people hang it by the bunch on the doors of their houses as a harvest symbol or decoration.
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