The Art of Craft
When I decided to go and take some photos of the Farrier you see below, I had no idea that it would spark an interest in age old crafts and skills such as this. As I started to edit the photo’s I began to think about crafts that are no longer practised or are dying out because of mechanisation. I began to wonder how many of these crafts are still kept alive by the few crafts women and men of today. Thing’s like Blacksmiths, basket makers, millers too name but a few.
So many old skills are being lost in this throw-away society we currently live in. It’s so important to keep things like this alive so we and future generations can enjoy the beauty of the items that are hand produced and see the many skills that are involved in making them.
I have always had a fascination for history and old skills and crafts so after thinking about it I decided to start a long-term photo project. I want to document the women and men who are carrying on these skills and keeping them alive either for pleasure, art or as a small business.
I have no idea how long this project will take or where it will take me for that matter. Until I have more photo's to post of other crafts and skills I hope you enjoy the Farrier photos below.