In the digital age, I often lose myself on the screen when it comes to my photography, this trip to Trenear's put me back on the foundations of print and it's art; real-world creations that you can put your senses to. These machines breath as they press life in to blank sheets, the aroma of inks linger and the repetitive movements of the windmill are a hypnotic sight.
4 generations of printing, age old Heidelbergs and a craft that is well and truly alive if you care to look... When you do, it's like a brilliant fresh light.
The process is anything but a 'push of a button' - managing levers, constant attention to progressive results, minute adjustments to pressure, greasing, inking and what looked like a full-body effort to operate this mechanical beauty.. And when the results are as intended, the joy is evident.
Does it matter how and what the card, book, manuscripts are made and what from? If it didn't before, it will after spending some time with a master craftsman witnessing the birth of these artful products and it's process.
It was a privileged opportunity to spend time with James, observing the process of changing raw stock to final product with these historic machines. And to watch the balance of guidance and input that is typical only in the most experienced of craftsmen.
Team and Tools:
Nikon D850 | 35mm | 105mm | 58mm | 20mm Nikkors
Tripod | Profoto A1 x2 | White umbrella | LED tubes
Pre-Colored on Capture One | Retouched on Photoshop CC