During our last module, Photojournalism, we, the students from the TheDarkroom Firenze, were able to participate in different workshops through out the Tuscany region. Within this project, ‘ Craftsmanship in focus’, we (9 young motivated photographers) were able to gain a deeper inside on handicrafts and their particular working space. While coming and going over a period of four weeks, each of us photographers, were able to make a small photo reportage on its dedicated craftsman.
Ultimately, we were asked in collaboration with Artex to present an exhaustive coverage of photos for the International Handicrafts Trade Fair, which took place this year in Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso (April 24- May 1, 2014).
I, Casey, was able to participate in the Workshop ‘Bottega d’Arte Maselli‘ , which is run by Mr. G. Maselli in Florence, Italy. The weeks between March and April 2014, the friendly owner showed me his working place, different frames, how he and his young student for example used gold and different colours to glamorise specific frames.
Since I was allowed to come and go any day any hour, Mr. Maselli showed me his working steps in makes client specific orders possible in adding carvings, gold or colours. Below, the portfolio covers a selection (photo reportage) of how he and his student built a 50×70 cm gold frame.
above: Mr. Maselli’s student working on the gold frame
The final Piece
Being able to participate in a wood workshop was for myself a great opportunity. I have not only experienced new challenges relating to the photography side, more over I was free to follow and document for a longer time period. Aside from some technical issues, being the low light conditions, working indoor and having little room for movement, I had to find a common denominator in solving problems, getting a good result and being satisfied with the final slideshow. Furthermore, working indoor and having no artificial light, external flash units, you had to improvise with your specific gear. Meaning, you needed to find a solution for any rising difficulty.
I would like to thank the craftsman, Artex, which presented these pictures on the yearly fair ‘Fiera dell’Artigianato‘ in the Fortezza da Basso, Florence, between April 24 – May 1st 2014, and the School of Photography TheDarkroom Firenze.