It’s always easier to shoot photos of something I am passionate about. The whole process feels familiar and it gives me a comfort level that puts me at ease when shooting. I think the next best thing is taking photographs of people when they are doing something they love. The photos below are of Steve….I got to spend some time with him touring his shop and listening to him explain just some of the process he goes through when creating. Steve’s passion immediately showed through and it didn’t take long for me to get lost in his wonderful world of machines and tools….and get really lost at the first discussion of all the math involved in his process.
I asked Steve to tell me about his shop and said the following:
“Building something, large or small, complicated or simple, whatever the medium, gives a feeling of accomplishment. You have produced something.
You have worked with your hands. You have demonstrated a level of skill that brings you joy and satisfaction.
My workshop is kind of gift from my wife; it’s our garage. The vehicles live outside in the elements. But I have a place to put my machines.
They are: a lathe, a Bridgeport milling machine and a myriad of other equipment. I have no CNC machines; they are manually operated.
I once read in a book on celestial navigation, in the preface this was written, “The ‘black box’ (technology/computers) can reflect the science of navigation; but only man can reflect the art of navigation”. Handmade, an art form, “master craftsman”. I am not he; but that is why I do this. I hope to honor their God given ability; and, maybe, I can learn something along the way.“”