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Fire and Iron - Auxier Creek Forge

Paul Elledge by Paul Elledge on Nov. 14, 2020


This is one of my many projects that I have created under the pandemic lock down. Auxier Creek Forge is near my home in Southern Illinois, and is a perfect location to work in during Covid-19. The nature of blacksmithing requires a location that has lots of natural light and an airy space with a good breeze. The idea of staying 6 feet back makes total sense just due to safety around all of the hot items!

I was fortunate to be invited into the space by Beth and John Lovin, the creators at the forge. In addition to the blacksmith work space they have a wonderful shop full of all sorts of handmade and useful gifts made by John, Beth and a few other local artists. I shot this series without a crew by using natural light and being very aware of the measures of safety.

Speaking of safety, I want to announce to my clients that my producer Leasha Overturf has completed the Covid-19 Infection Control Production Course certifying a solid understanding of current OSHA & CDC guidelines. Leasha will continue to be a huge asset to production as we navigate our future productions during this pandemic time period.

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Paul ElledgePaul has photographed such celebrities as AC/DC, Billy Corgan, Jennifer Hudson, Ministry, Willie Nelson, Trent Reznor, Luciano Pavarotti and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.

His work has appeared worldwide in galleries and museums, and has been published in such publications as Audubon, Fast Company, Life, Men's Health, People, Rolling Stone, Time, and Wired, among others.

Paul's interests outside of image making include vintage motorcycles, all things Italian, music and expressions of creativity.

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