Richard Foster works in the commercial still-life world. He photographs a lot of high end fragrance and luxury brands. Foster uses shadow, shape, and color to emphasize the beauty and figure that a lot of these high end items have. He uses light to help bring out the curves to a lot of transparent items like he does in the Bottega and Tom Ford campaigns. The Bottega Perfumes use the patterns cast by light on the bottles to create an interesting and dynamic image. The light seems to be cast from above the perfume bottle but they still have strong outlines and very bright highlights that surround the bottle. In the Tom Ford photographs waves and light are tastefully shown through the bottle giving off a very subtle but dramatic effect. The bottle lit from behind becomes the light source in frame and illuminates the logo and shape.
Without the light there is no bottle. That is what comes to mind when viewing Foster’s images. You realize that without the light, the shape of the bottle isn’t there, the contents, and shadows are nowhere to be found. The bottle has no form without light. The Prada bottles Foster shot add to this. The pink lights that shine from the front and behind add mood and form to the bottles that now shine with a pink hue. The lights also help draw the viewer to the focus in the image which are the Prada bottles.