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Gecko Feet by Tim Gander

1 September 2018

I was asked to produce a set of images as an introduction to the exhibition “Chemistry of Bronze” held at the Black Swan Arts gallery in Frome, Somerset from May to July this year.

The open brief had just one caveat, that the process of lost wax bronze casting would be amply illustrated in the exhibition and I should avoid repeating this.

So I visited the foundry Art of a Fine Nature in Shepton Mallet, where bronzes for the exhibition were being made, and what caught my imagination was the fragments of the ceramic casings and spills of bronze which are a waste by-product of the casting process.

Swept into a skip, normally the waste would end up in landfill, but I spent a couple of hours sifting through the rubble and dust, pulling out pieces I found interesting until I had about 40 of various shapes, sizes and impressions.

I took them home and photographed them against black, presenting them as fragments of fossils or artefacts of great antiquity.

The gecko feet were the first fragments I was shown during my initial visit and they sparked the idea to return to find and photograph more of the beautiful pieces and elevate them from trash to art. The hardest part was finding the feet after they’d been tossed back into the skip at the end of my first visit.

Beautifully printed on photorag paper the prints made a real impact on visitors to the exhibition and are available to purchase as c-type prints. You can see the full set here.


Tim Gander is a freelance photographer based in Frome, Somerset. He considers himself a “corporate communications photographer”, working mainly for businesses and organisations taking pictures for websites, brochures and press releases.

Tim began his career in 1988 freelancing for The Bath Chronicle, but went on to a staff position at The Portsmouth News before going freelance once more, working for various national papers and agencies.

In 2001 Tim started to build his corporate photography business, but still keeps his hand in on editorial via his personal projects.

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