Old Pipe Wrenches


A photographic still life study of old pipe wrenches, done in the magazine documentary style of Walker Evans.  Sometimes a piece of art, in this case old pipe wrenches are everyday items already in front of you, and it can only lead one to just wonder about the artisan who used them.  Feel free to like, and share across the social media universe.

I began to wonder – I knew I was an artist or wanted to be one – but I was wondering whether I really was an artist. I was doing such ordinary things that I could feel the difference. Most people would look at those things and say, “Well, that’s nothing. What did you do that for? That’s just a wreck of a car or a wreck of a man. That’s nothing. That isn’t art.” They don’t say that anymore.

I used to try to figure out precisely what I was seeing all the time, until I discovered I didn’t need to. If the thing is there, why, there it is.

The meaning of quality in photography’s best pictures lies written in the language of vision. That language is learned by chance, not system; …our overwhelming formal education deals in words, mathematical figures and methods of rational thought, not in images.
Walker Evans
This image of pipe wrenches is available printed on metal at Displate.com, printed on paper with the availability of matting and framing at Crated.com and a version with a film border is available at Fine Art America.  Please feel free to signup to my newsletter for upcoming specials, upcoming product announcements, and free giveaways.