It’s a good thing to honour skill and craft and this is the first in what I hope to be a series of portraits of skilled craft people doing their thing.
For a while I have been afraid that the educational system, in highly valuing academic ability, might end up devaluing the development of more traditional crafts and skills so I am keen to photograph skilled craft people and give at least some acknowledgement to the abilities which enrich our lives.
This was rather an opportunistic photograph from a visit to Oxburgh Hall, a National Trust property in Norfolk. Fortunately photography was permitted though with the usual restrictions on flash and tripods. There was some significant restoration work underway on the Hall and as I went round I spotted this conservator at work seated in the light of a window.
Fortunately she said she was happy to be photogrpahed when I asked permission. I suppose I could have just taken a shot but I felt, in the circiumstances, it would be polite to ask. A willing subject is so much better.
I was immediately attracted to the general composition, and epecially to the way the lighting from the window was working and the fact that her notepad was acting as a very useful reflector to cast light back up to her face.
This was shot handheld (no tripods allowed) on ISO 250, 1/125 sec at f5.