Blacksmith

My interest lies in the representation of ‘Craft’ in todays mass production led society and how it might enable us to re-asses our concept of ‘Value’. Primarily my aim is to visit and examine the unfamiliar machines, tools, processes and places that are inherent in the production of hand made objects such that we might
re-evaluate their importance and question our preconceptions in regards to their relevance at a personal and global level.

This project was inspired in part by Walker Evans’s studies of tools and the work of the eighteenth century French philosopher Denis Diderot. Diderot edited the Encyclopédie in which he sought to raise the status of the ’small trades’, partly through the use of detailed descriptive illustrations. Since then painting and photography have in general depicted craftwork as a noble endeavour undertaken by the less well educated,  primarily to underpin established social systems that exist for the benefit of the middle and upper classes. Blacksmith is the first in a series of photographic essays that go beyond the documentary, to pay homage to craftsmen and their ability to transform nature into culture through an examination of tools, materials and the physicality of labour - and to re-ignite Diderot’s ideals


A selection of the images are available as limited edition prints from the
shop. They also feature in a soon to be released photobook entitled ‘Blacksmith’, that will be available from the site shop in 2018. Please contact me for further details if you would like to reserve a copy.


  •  Blacksmith_09_JMW

    Hand Tools. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Blacksmith_08_JMW

    Drawer Unit. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Blacksmith_01_JMW

    Anvil. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  JMW-Furnace

    Furnace. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Pillar Drill

    Pillar Drill.Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Blacksmith_04_JMW

    Fly Press. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Oxyacetylene Torch_JMW

    Oxyacetylene Torch. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Blacksmith_03_JMW

    Power Hammer. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Tools on Wall

    Tools on Wall

  •  JMW_Swarf

    Swarf. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  JMW_Scale

    Scale. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  JMW_Gypsies Dust

    Gypsies Dust. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  JMW_Clinker

    Clinker. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  JMW_Cuts

    Cuts. Limited edition print available from the shop.

  •  Leaf Scroll

    Leaf Scroll