Oupa’s Pliers


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A still-life of my Oupa’s long-nosed pliers, probably over a century old but still in use despite the tip being broken on one of the jaws. As a child, I loved their bird-like form; now the vertical orientation echoes a dancer en point. The texture of work. A homage to the series on tools by master documentary photographer Walker Evans.
Olympus OM-D/EM1 MkII, Olympus Zuiko 30mm f3.5 macro, ring flash, 3-stop neutral density filter; @ f11, 1/30s, ISO 400.

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Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.


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