The Apprentice Woodsman: A New Perspective on Sander’s Master Mason

August Sander’s Master Mason is a photograph that has stood the test of time. It is a striking image that captures the essence of a master craftsman in his element. But what if the scene portrayed a different type of craft? This is the question that I set out to answer with my own version of the photo, featuring a woodworker instead of a mason.

I have to admit that I didn’t quite get the composition or background exactly right. More specifically the plain background, and the feet showing in the photo. For the background, I tried to use a gray sky to act as a plain backdrop. If I positioned myself lower and tilted my camera up, I could have gotten that but then the camera angle would be off. So I decided to compromise and leave the feet out of the image and have some elements in the background. 

I am still happy with how my version turned out. I feel like I came close to capturing the original essence of the reference photo.