Hardware Drama is an on-going exploration on what happens when typical bit players are allowed to lead. Nuts, bolts, washers and screws, normally relegated to tool boxes or construction projects become subjects and characters taking the lead in this photographic series. Nuts and bolts are, of course, all around us. They are used in objects from toys to skyscrapers, and while they are essential elements of the modern world, small hardware are seldom looked at for their singular beauty. They are hardly looked at at all. While measuring a steel bolt to make sure it was the correct one for the job at hand, it dawned on me that the thing is beautiful in its own right. Not for its utilitarian purpose as a bit player in a construction project, rather for its qualities as the subject of art photographs. The heft. The sheen. The threads, and the imperfections in a steel bolt, in Hardware Drama, become design elements and principal players.
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