Words and Images from Ed Felker

Emma’s New Shoes

I like it when the farrier comes out to our place. Something about being around iron and anvils and the tools and practices of old that I’m just drawn to. I don’t actually have to help or anything, since most of the barn duties can be found enumerated beneath “Laundry” and “Having conversations with banks or insurance companies” on the list of things that will simply go a lot more smoothly if I don’t get involved. So I am usually standing around yapping, watching the fire and the sparks and the hammering for some time before I think to myself, “Hey. This would be a neat activity to photograph, wouldn’t it?” By the time it occurred to me today, the fire and the sparks were gone, but I still got a few shots in. I never do sepia tone, but it seemed right for this subject matter. I hope you enjoy the images, and a special thanks to Steve and Rob for letting me poke a lens into their business.


5 responses

  1. Nice! I really like the sepia on these images. I think watching your horse get shoes is something that’s ties you to the past, to simpler times. Maybe your checkbook doesn’t feel that way, but your mind does!

    May 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  2. Sue Gift

    Ed, this is a really beautiful series of photos. Love the sepia. It really enhances.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

  3. I think the photos are really great! Keep that camera handy! I probably at one time knew what a farrier was, but couldn’t have told you. Emma is pretty special, too! Debra

    May 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

  4. Hmmmm is this why you asked about monochrome shooting?? Nice job, some really great detail shots in there. I suck at small talk so I usually steer clear of the ferrier when he comes, he usually is not here long anyhow.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • Well it’s not why I asked, but our conversation is why I shot these in monochrome. I like it, I think I’ll be doing more of it, or more converting to B/W. Some upcoming events seem to be well suited for that look.

      May 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

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