I/Eye: On Photography

An Eye on Time

Posted in Artisans & Merchants by Sheila Newbery on August 24, 2009

From the Artisan & Merchant series:  Douglas Greene comes from a family of highly-skilled goldsmiths. His shop (now closed) in Berkeley, California  was filled with the staccato conversation of hundreds of ticking clocks that would erupt into a gleefully discordant tolling  at regular intervals.

In this picture, he’s repairing an Austrian lyre clock (circa 1836) whose bells  chime every quarter-hour. He explained that the springs (actually thin ribbons of tightly wound metal) are loaded under such pressure that one has to work carefully in removing or adjusting them.  A spring  released incautiously can explode with force sufficient to take off a finger.

Douglas Green (Berkeley, CA) © Sheila Newbery

Douglas Greene (Berkeley, CA) © Sheila Newbery

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: