Hand Tools Gallery 2015


You do not need exotic locations, expensive items, or provocative ideas to create art. You also don’t have to be a painter, sculptor, or photographer to be an artist either. Subsequently, by their acts of creation; the mechanic, plumber, carpenter and electrician become creators and artists in their own right.

Their everyday tools become pieces of art themselves. The beauty and interest lies in the details of these pieces, each having their marks and abrasions which tell their own individual stories. The pieces portrayed here are part of a collection of tools from my brother, a retired electrician; my father, and my step father. Each piece is filled with personal memories both good and bad, the scars of being abused by children, and the marks left by heavy use including purposes they were never intended for. Each piece has a story to tell, often overlooked, but they are pieces of art in their own light.

These photographs were inspired by my love of details, my visual interest in the overlooked, by lesser known Fortune magazine photographic work of Walker Evans, and the studio documentary style of Irving Penn.