This is a tricky one!
For many years now I have been told that the work should be photographed using "Studio" conditions, plain background with tightly controlled lighting etc etc. As a result of that for many years I had resisted taking photos and putting them online...this sounds really silly but I didn't actually realise why, I just "never got around to it".
However, as with all things that we "put off", I ended up in a situation where I was going to have to "do some photos" and that brought matters to a head. The only photos I had seen of the work which I found acceptable were some taken outdoors...not by me I hasten to add.
So I took some of the pieces outdoors (into the garden actually) and started to photograph them, not an instant success but I was happier with the results. This was followed up with a new lens (f1.4 for those of you interested) to allow me to make use of "depth of field" and the results got better still.
As a final step the work was photographed with a background of the local woodlands, beaches and hills.
That was the real "eureka"moment...of course it had been staring me in the face all the time...the work is in fact from and of the local environment. This landscape (South West Scotland) created the materials and influences everything I make in so many ways. The studio photos that I had resisted for so long would have simply removed the "context" from the work and rendered it meaningless... at least to me at any rate.
Now all photos are done in the landscape using natural light and the work remains firmly "in context".
So the folks who wanted the "studio" images were "disappointed" but the work was not compromised...happy ending?