A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to participate in a photography project, and this led me to visit and get to know the work of some artisans in Valencia.
Maybe artisan is a somewhat an ambiguous term to talk about them, but it is the one that best describes them all, since the basis of their work and their most valuable and main tool are their hands.
Having such different and despair jobs they continue to maintain the essence of manual work, artisanal work.
Between them I visited a goldsmithing studio. For those who do not know, it is the art and technique of using gold, silver and other precious metals to build objects; in Valencia this art crafts has been used for a long time to create traditional combs and jewellery.
It was my first time I visiting a goldsmithing studio and, for that very reason, I was waiting for it so eagerly. Their workplace was also an exhibition room, where you can see both the finished jewels and the instruments and materials used to made them. I was lucky to see half-made pieces and the craftsman working on them.
The truth is that I find it hard to believe how anyone can have the ability to turn a simple sheet of metal into something so precious, how someone can be able to capture so many small details.