They could have been merchant, seamen,  craftsmen or cook. They held many occupations. During Renaissance people would sell spices, repair sails, work wood, tend livestock or work wool. It was a period of intellectual and economic changes in Europe. Not only did the fourteenth to the sixteenth century see change in traditional jobs, but the artistic, social, scientific, and political thoughts turned in new directions, with famous figures to be remembered.

What occupation would you have had?

With my new 2018 photographic series I ask teenagers and young adults to portray these occupations. I photograph the concepts in my home studio in Redwood City in period costume and with artifacts or tools I can find or make.

Here are the first images from this series.

  • The Explorer

    Renaissance was a time of great explorators. Ferdinand Magellan was no exception as his expedition was the first to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. Despite the fact that Magellan was the commander of the expedition, he never made it back to Spain himself. He died in the Philipines in 1521. So he never actually 'circumnavigated' the globe. Almost certainly the first circumnavigator was not a European at all, but one of Magellan's servants and interpreters, native to the East Indies, who joined the voyage in Europe and completed the westward circle when Magellan reached the Philippines.

  • The Fishwife

    The wives and daughters of fishermen, fishwifes, were notoriously loud and foul-mouthed. This helped them sell their perishable wares. In fishing villages such as Cullercoats and Newhaven, they were noted for their beauty, hardiness and industry and were celebrated by artists and royalty.

  • The Scribe

    The profession of scribe, previously widespread across cultures, lost most of its prominence and status with the advent of the printing press. The work of scribes could involve copying manuscripts and other texts as well as secretarial and administrative duties such as the taking of dictation and keeping of business, judicial, and historical records for kings, nobles, temples, and cities.

  • The Housewife

    The women of the Renaissance were denied all political rights and considered legally subject to their husbands. Women of all classes were expected to perform, first and foremost, the duties of housewife. Only few wealthy women of the time were able to break the mold and exert an influence on the economy or the arts. How would you have lived in such times?

If you are interested in collaborating:

-  If you are (or know of) a teenager from the San Francisco Bay Area, ready to step in front of my lens, this is an opportunity to create art -- and get a free portrait session along the way.

- Access to period clothing proves to be a difficult thing; especially since I want one ensemble per concept. If you have access to period clothing (mainly of the working class), would you lend it for a photo session?

- The tools of the trade help the image tell the story. If you own vintage cooking utensils, wood working tools, a wool spinner or any other period tool, would you let me use it for a concept?

If you have any suggestion or are interested to collaborate, please reach out.

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