Old Shears

A photographic still life of old shears.

Old Shears, inspired by the lesser known Fortune magazine photographic work of Walker Evans,  in this case from the article; Beauty of the common tool.  Also inspired by the plain documentary studio work of Irving Penn.

“Among low-priced, factory produced goods, none is so appealing to the senses as the ordinary hand tool. Hence, a hardware store is a kind of offbeat museum show for the man who responds to good, clear ‘undesigned’ forms.”

“Who would sully the lines of the tin-cutting shears with a single added bend or whorl? Or clothe in any way the fine naked impression of heft and bite in the crescent wrench. To be sure, some design-happy manufacturers have tampered with certain tool classics; the beautiful plumb bob, which used to come naively and solemly shaped like a child’s top, now looks suspiciously like a toy space ship, and is no longer brassy. But not so much can be done to spoil a crate opener, that nobly ferocious statement in black steel. In fact, almost all the basic small tools stand, aesthetically speaking, for elegance, candor, and purity”

“Beauties of the Common Tool,” a portfolio by photographer Walker Evans for Fortune Magazine, July 1955.

This image along with others from my tool series is available printed on metal at Displate.com.  Printed on paper, with matting and framing if chosen at Crated.com.  Also, a paper printed version with a black film border is also available at Fine Art America.

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