The style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting is always using nature life subjects in their composition along side with complementary colors. This painting style creates morality by giving symbolizes of life and death. For example one of the painting has fruits such as grapes, and berries(forgot the other fruits name). The fruit can symbolize life because it grows and has life and also could represent death because it dies out if it do not get nourish. The lizard is a symbolize of life and death in the painting because he could kill and also it can die. I basically think this painting style uses living organisms. Anything that has life grows and then later dies out.
These Dutch paintings from 17th and 18th century still life uses dark construct with the background being dark(black) and in the photographs they use dark background with good contact against the foreground objects. The photographs also has nature(fruits) just like what the paintings have. I think the vanitas metaphor is effective in the photos because when people see fruits they will think of it as good and sweet. When they see the other objects such as the good they will associate it with death and dangerous.