This was a fun shoot. It is a beautiful juxtaposition of the old and the new, the fine things of life in a setting filled with what many would consider junk. I love the mood, the color of this photo.
There is another story below the image in this picture. The old dresser. I found it in a second hand shop and snapped it up to use it as a prop. When I got it home and started to clean it up, I began to notice the quality of construction. Real wood, not pressboard laminated with a fake wood grain. Thick wood, hand stained and carved. Knobs on the drawers made of real brass molded into intricately shaped patterns. I felt as if I had stepped back in time and was in the old wood shop where it was created, seeing the pride the artisans who worked on the piece took in their work.
And it made me sad to realize nothing like this is being created today. The artisan has been replaced by the assembly line worker toiling for a meager paycheck and wanting only for the day to end. Consumers have placed the value on cheap, not craftsmanship.
I couldn’t help but think how the same is happening to the art form of photography. The “coolness” of how cell phones can take pictures and post them to social media in the touch of a button has flooded the market with cheap cheesy photos that leave the work with real aesthetic value much the same as the old chest of drawers … a rare find, and priceless when you do find it.
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