workshop treasure, 2015

 

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The steel sculptor artist Karl Menzen allowed me to take photos in his workshop just before he started packing everything up to move to his new space.
This was like I had been given a very special christmas present – for here every surface, every corner, every bend, every “alley” offered a multitude of curiosities to discover.
I spend two or three very happy hours exploring the sculptures, the machines, the tools ant the many little things you would and would not expect to find.
It was weeks later, when I finally got round to take a closer look at the results. There was one particular picture I had had high hopes for and now on the screen it looked out rather dull. I changed a few parameters, but to no avail – until I resorted to what sometimes feels like a last resort (though I shouldn’t say that) – I turned to black & white, that is to say in this case I turned saturation to zero.
If this didn’t make the photo perfect – at least it saved it and the result once again surprised me – (I have seen this happen often enough – but it doesn’t look like I will cease to be surprised by it any time soon…)
Thus encouraged I turned to the other pictures I had selected and since I had for some inexplicable reason turned to dabbling with saturation rather than converting to grayscale – I found that some pictures would be at their best with some saturation preserved while others are pure black & white or greys – as they might also be called.
In this series you can find many things I love: the unexpected, the displaced, the curious, the peculiar, lines, the blur, the comic, the elegant, the smashed, the alien, the unlike neighbours, the colour and the shades of grey, the old, the history, the past, the neglected – composed into photos of strength, energy and their very own beauty. Oh, and I couldn’t help to include the boots – as you will see, when I introduce my series “feet” – there you have just another of those curiosities I like to collect.