Martin Pick Photography
Documenting the Sheffield Cutlery industry has been an ongoing project for the past four years. As the thriving City changes develops and grows the work continues.
Martin Pick - Although on a much smaller scale the industry is healthy, the survivors are finding niche markets to exploit and are adopting new sales techniques (see the links page). But, above all, the passion and enthusiasm to work metal by hand and secure a living by producing high quality durable products remains. It is a pleasure to be able to work with these crafts people and record their activities.
If you are interested in the history of the industry I would recommend Geffrey Tweedales excellent book ‘The Sheffield Knife Book A History and Collectors’ Guide’ (ISBN 1874718113). You should also visit the Kehlam Island Museum which is situated in the City and provides an excellent insight into the history of the trade, start by visiting: www.simt.co.uk/index.html
If you are a collector of cutlery or flatware then visit one of the Cities specialist shops or buy on line. Few things have better balance and poise than a good Sheffield blade.
Quality prints from any of the images are available for purchase, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org including the file references and I will quote you a price and conditions.
Photography: a wonderful opportunity to open locked doors, look inside, meet people, address situations, learn and steal what is inside and keep the image forever – well at least a long time. That’s how it starts. Then you start looking in the mirror, opening the door and looking inside – then it gets more interesting...
I don’t see myself as a professional or amateur. I’m a photographer. I was a photographer before I did my first days paid work so ‘photographer’ pre-dates any label of employment status. As a photographer I try to act professionally and try to work to the highest standards possible. I hope that sometimes I succeed.
I work mostly in black and white but if the subject demands it I use colour, I find it harder but I’m trying. I’ve been using digital cameras and printing since 1999 it’s great and I don’t want to go back. The history of photography is one of ongoing technical change. It is great to be around when such an important change has occurred. Anyone got a digital Hasselblad to spare?
Mostly the photography is for me. But I hope you like the images presented in this website or at least respond to them; enjoy browsing through it then tell me what you think.
New work will be added as projects develop. It would be great to get your feedback via the Contact page and if you have an idea for a project then let me know as I am always interested in suggestions.