"He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist."
This quote, from Francis of Assisi, was the inspiration behind this photographic project, or more accurately, it provided me with the title for a project I'd been toying with for some years.
I wanted an insight into how artists create their work, which I hoped would help me better understand what actually constitutes art and, if I'm honest, try to validate my own artistic endeavours.
So, in 2018 I invited anyone who considers themselves to be an "artist" to get in touch with the view of being photographed by me for this project. Each sitting was at the artists "studio", in whatever form that took, and generally included a head shot, their hands (or at least them working on something), and a detailed shot of their workspace. At the same time they were asked 9 questions to provide some context to my images.
The result is a book called "Hands, Head & Heart - a Photographic Reportage". This series of images with the accompanying text provides a glimpse into the creative process and hopefullly challenges the viewer to rethink their perception of what art is.
I have a limited number of softback books available at this special price. You can also purchase this book at the full price on Alternatively, a photobook of the full series of images is available on Amazon USA: