Crafts photography:
The head of the Crafts Council came up to Stoke to speak last night, as one of a series of speakers invited by the local Arts & Architecture Group (they’ve kindly asked me to give a talk on my work in Spring 2004). During the talk it occurred to me that the photography of crafts may be due a makeover. At best it’s usually technically fine and polished, but too often seems to have all the human warmth of product-photography of the latest cornflakes packet. If these objects are functional then why not show them in human situations, being used according to their function? Better, show a triptych photo: of maker-making ; standalone-shot ; user-using.