Our ‘Tools of the Trade’ challenge was inspired by the editor’s encounter with a well-worn old brace-and-bit, and in particular with how evocative it was of his long dead grandfather.
Our ‘Tools of the Trade’ challenge was inspired by the editor’s encounter with a well-worn old brace-and-bit, and in particular with how evocative it was of his long dead grandfather. Each of our Photo Challengers responded in their own distinctive fashion.Some went for the evocative angle, others came at it head-on, but all tackled the challenge in ways that showed the application of thought and technique. As so often happens, we thought there was a fair amount of jostling for the first position, but in the end we decided that Norman Shapro’s slightly impressionistic close up of a dusty old typewriter he entitled ‘Communication Tool’ should take the winner’s spot on the podium.
For his effort, we will be sending Norman a Kata Bumblebee 222UL camera bag. Coming in second by a narrow half head, was ‘Hammer’, a nicely composed study by Andy Parkee. And just slightly off the pace was yet another of regular contributor Zorica Purlija’s lateral concepts, namely a portrait of her husband using his headphones torefresh the tool of his trade – his brain! Also using his brain in an amusing fashion was Robert Zappia who sent us a picture of what he rightly calls ‘The most impressive tool in the shed’. More honourable mentionsa re bestowed upon rural subjects from Challengers Peter Armitage and Amanda Bull.
Thanks once again to all our participants.
FIRST PLACE: Norman Shapro
FIRST RUNNER UP: ‘Hammer’ by Andy Parkee.
“My photo of a hammer is a literal interpretation of the challenge. What I like about this photo are all the surface textures ““ the hammer head, handle, underlying sheet, floor, loose rubble – they all possess a real gritty, earthy quality.”
SECOND RUNNER UP: ‘Untitled’by Zorica Purlija.
“This is my husband Anthony who is a psychiatrist. His tool is his mind, the music fulfills his soul.”
HONORABLE MENTION: ‘The Most Impressive Tool In The Shed’ by Robert Zappia.
“The 1.8 Metre optical telescope is an international partnership between astronomers at the universities of Canterbury, Auckland and Victoria in New Zealand, and Nagoya University in Japan.”
HONORABLE MENTION: ‘Pedicure’ by Peter Armitage.
“I trust this image evokes the viewer to the strength, skilful care and precision of an experienced farrier, and the sizzle, and smell of red hot steel burning into hoof.”
HONORABLE MENTION: ‘Clicking Shears’ by Amanda Bull.
Details of the next Photo Challenge are published in Photo Review magazine. Click here to order online or to find out where to buy your copy.