PURPOSE: Dan is an Historic Building Restorer and specialises in using traditional solutions and techniques for both aesthetic and regulatory appeal. Here, we see him driving wedges into a 24ft length of aged timber to create a facia for a tudor property he was working on (not the farmhouse renovation seen in the background).
I wanted to capture the very physical element of his work which, although brutal at times, also has to be extremely precise and delicate - as this piece of wood was sourced specifically for the grain, age and appeal, and cost the client £1000 directly from the supplier - there is no room for mistakes!
METHOD: The low angle, wide lens and strong late afternoon (autumn) sun, both add dramatic appeal - had the sky not been cloudy I would have taken a different approach (angle wise) rather than have a ‘blown out’ area above the roof. As it is, the farmhouse and the cloudy sky behind him provide a good visual backdrop to the action from Dan.
The darkening of the edges and corners helps keep the visual focus in the centre of the image where the action is taking place, whilst the diagonal created by the block of wood helps to keep the viewer’s eye moving comfortably around the image.