Chromasia was born as a personal photoblog in 2003. Over the years we have posted nearly 2,500 photographs, the later ones having a ‘before/after’ feature. However, 14 years after it was created, Chromasia had grown considerably, but was still running on an old version of Moveable Type and had become a rather a difficult beast to manage.
Drastic intervention was needed, hence the new WordPress site, which we hope is easier for you to navigate. Sadly, shifting our huge photo archive was one herculean task too much and, although you can find a link to it in the footer, many of the images are now gathering virtual dust in our virtual vault.
So we have decided to use Throwback Thursday to open our archives and present to you some of our favourite images. Think of it as a curator’s tour! We hope you will enjoy revisiting some of your old favourites, or viewing them for the first time.
A Helping Hand ...
Back in 2012, during our first Venice Carnival Photo Tour, we were fortunate to gain entry to the Nason Moretti glass-blowing factory on the island of Murano. We spent time photographing in their showroom, which was a fantastic experience as they produce some fabulous items, but the most interesting part of the visit was getting access to the factory floor and waching the glass-blowers work their magic.
What we soon realised was that each item followed a clear pattern. In this instance, the guy in the center would roll the oval of glass while the one on the right would wind the almost molten glass around it. The end would then be cut. When they completed this step they would move to another station to carry out the next part of the process.
All I needed to do was wait for just the right moment, and I decided that this would be the point at which he cut through the glass. On this occasion though, just before I meant to press the shutter, the man on the right entered the frame and I grabbed a shot.
In terms of my original aim I was about half a second too early, but this ended up being one of my favourite shots from the trip. The additional hand, unexpected though it was, made the shot.
Without the hand it's not a bad shot, as you can see from the edited version below, but it's by no means as strong. I can't quite explain why, but the hand adds more than just an incidental component. It seems to redefine the image in an important way: it becomes an elegant homage to the process rather than just a record of two craftsmen at work.
Coming Up ...
Over the coming weeks and months Libby and I will be exploring and revisiting more of our archive, picking out images that are important to us, but if you have a personal favourite that you would like to see again please let us know in the comments below.