the hoofpick

the hoof pick, made by Chris Doherty

Since theatre KAPOW has extended their run through tonight, I decided to revisit this photograph I posted last week.

In preparing for our promotional photography session, I knew that the props were a major element of Desdemona. Walker Evan's photographs of tools ("Beauties of the Common Tool", Fortune, July 1955) immediately came to mind. In homage to Evans and this new object, I wanted to create a photograph that would emphasize and celebrate its aesthetics. I waited until we finished our staged scenes and character portraits, then set up the photo and borrowed this tool while the cast finished their rehearsal in my studio.

The hoofpick was handmade by blacksmith Chris Doherty of Semiosis Forge.