The why and other bits

 Photo commissioned by Struthers Watchmakers

Photo commissioned by Struthers Watchmakers

So, I realised that I didn’t explain why I decided to create these images on the last blog post, so here it is.

Nearly three years ago, I developed the idea for this photo of photographing a watch movement in a technical way to make it look as if it has expanded when I used to sell watches that were more expensive than the average ‘everyday’ watch. One of the questions I was asked on a regular basis was ‘why is it so expensive?’.

The answer was sometimes due to the materials (if there was gold included for example) but even if there was a precious material which added to the price, the answer was always because of how intricate and technical the movement was. Unfortunately, with a lot of watches, the movement is hidden from the owner behind a metal case. Sometimes there is a glass back but even in this case, the whole movement can’t be seen.

I wanted to provide an image of the movement in a way that allowed the buyer to see each component, but there was nothing available for me to do so.


The response I have received from these images has been immense. Although I am not exactly sure how to make this grow, apart from doing more, a lot of comments from places I have posted these on have reinforced my ambition to make this something that is accessible to people - either for a education purpose when selling a watch or for an art installation for someone.

I feel that these images have been a massive success and I plan to continue producing more images in a similar style. If anyone reads this and has an old, automatic/manual watch that they no longer want and wish to donate to me so I can do this with it, please do get in touch!

My Final Images for Univesity

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So my time at University studying photography is coming to an end. This time in 2 days and I will be finished.

During one of my first weeks at University, one of my tutors said to us all:

'by the end of this course, you should be able to make a photograph, not take one'.

I picked up my final images yesterday that I have made for this last hand in. The prevision of these images has been immense, ideas for how to do it have been going through my mind for over a year and a half. It was great to finally be able to make my vision into a reality.

After seeing Andreas Gursky's work in London recently, I knew I wanted big prints. Okay they aren't as large as his, but these were about as large as I could afford!

I couldn't be happier with how these images look hanging on the wall ready for my degree show coming up in my University. They are exactly how I imagined they would look and for this project certainly, I wouldn't change one thing about them.

I might post how I did it later on. Although I kind of like people looking at them and not having a clue how I did it...

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My First Studio

I have a studio! (I actually got 2 months ago)

When I first entered there was a nasty, old, office looking grey carpet which I immediately tore up. Underneath was this amazing wooden floor. It needed a lot of cleaning but I spent a few days on it and got it to a point that I was happy with.

Studio Before (2)

I then brought in the kit I have been building up over the years. It is amazing for me that I am fortunate enough to be in this position at this stage of my career. It will benefit me hugely while finishing off my degree and photographing for my new small business, Horolograph.

Studio After (2)
Studio Before (1)

I then spent the next week painting the floor black and filling it up with the essential furniture that I needed, a desk, a table to shoot products on and some other small bits.

Studio After (1)

It's also amazing how quickly it gets messy during a shoot.

 (The image I took from this here is the thumbnail for "Flachsmann" under the Horolograph tab)

(The image I took from this here is the thumbnail for "Flachsmann" under the Horolograph tab)