When I first decided to take on the "Artists at Work" series, I knew I wanted to find artists who were breaking stereotypes. After meeting and photographing Adlai - the Blacksmith, he recommended Rachel, who also works within the Columbus Idea Foundry.
Rachel Schutt is a welder - and a graduate of CCAD. She started out as a painter, and then took a welding course out of curiosity. Welding runs in her blood; her grandfather was a welder, and she felt like learning this art made her connection to him that much stronger.
Rachel teaches women-only classes (as well as co-ed classes) in welding to encourage women to step into her lab and feel empowered by doing something that is traditionally a man's trade. She is proof that you can do whatever you are willing to work at.
For the other two works in this series (so far), I only used natural & available light. However, Rachel's lab only has artificial light, and I didn't like the look of adding extra flashes... so I felt the need to add a few extra layers of grunge, and play with light to create more than just a snapshot.
She was working on a commissioned project and needed to make sure the corners were perfectly squared.
To take an all women's class with Rachel Schutt: Go to the Columbus Idea Foundry
Visit The Columbus Idea Foundry (and notice the front picture ;) )
See all of the photographs in the Artists at Work series so far - Gallery
A girl with a camera, trying to be creative out loud. I keep my clients as friends; and believe in endless possibilities.