Walking into Hart Gold and Silversmith, a shop in the heart of Chipping Campden, in Gloucestershire, England, you feel like you’ve stepped 100 years back in time. As you walk up the stairs to the shop that’s been in the same place since 1888, you feel the nostalgia of the past, and walking through the doors you’re transported to a different era- to a simpler time. It transports you to a time when craftsmanship took precedent over efficiency, and quality trumped profit. For me this was the highlight of our tour of the Cotswolds, a set of Villages about 95 miles northwest of London.
When our tour guide, Chris Peake (owner of CJP Cotswold Tours) pulled up to the front of the building, he said, “This is special.” When I walked in, the grandson of the original founder got up from his work table and extended my family a warm, kind greeting. David Hart, a very quiet man, was clearly glowing from us taking an interest in his work, and he kindly made us feel welcome and answered a few questions that we had. As my family let themselves out to browse the gallery downstairs, the magic began to happen.
I asked him if I could photograph the shop and he agreed. Equipped with just my Sony RX100 II, I began to snap a few shots of the shop. I wasn’t particularly focused on their work, but more so intrigued by the atmosphere of their workspace. I have a tendency to overlook craftsmanship for atmosphere, but David drew me in. He looked so confident in his craft that I just had to photograph him at his work table, and capture the magic as he crafted and communicated with his apprentices.
I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I had taking them. You can check out Hart Gold and Silversmith at www.hartsilversmiths.co.uk. They take only custom orders and ship all over the world. If you are planning a trip to London, be sure to check out these amazing villages and be sure to make a stop into Hart Silversmith!