Back in early November I had a chance to shoot the local Art in the Woods exhibition that’s kind of staged all around North Kitsap. One of the artists I had a chance to meet specialized in custom knives, and especially in the creation of Damascus Steel. 

I thought a Damascus knife would be a particularly interesting subject to shoot, given the need to highlight the intricate pattern of the steel itself, and then to present the knife just like you would any other product. 

Luckily for me, I happen to own a piece of Damascus steel that my Tante Inge gave me many Christmases ago, and so had the chance to do a fair amount of experimenting. And, I played around with a new acquisition, some RGB tube lights (GODOX), that presented some VERY interesting and new capabilities. 

I felt this was an opportunity to do homage to the art of the steel maker, the beauty of the product, the very very deep history of Damascus itself, and to my Tante (that German for “aunt”) Inge. 

But, in addition to the foregoing, more esoteric issues, I think this is kind of an example of how a photographer can understand the strengths of a particular product, and then highlight them. I know there are lots of craftsmen/women in the Kitsap region who produce beautiful and functional products. However, they might need assistance in highlighting that beauty and function. That’s where I come in. 

I can come to you in Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Kingston, Bainbridge Island, Hansville, or Seabeck, and talk about how to make your products look their best. 

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