Measure twice, cut once

My rudimentary carpentry skills were learned by observing professionals and also by making my own expensive mistakes.

It didn’t take me long to learn that when a cutting was required the most important tool was the tape measure, not the saw.

Remarkably, those same carpentry skills and experiences are transferable to other practical duties in life.

Recently I observed that the tradesmen about to dig up Stockton Street in San Francisco have elevated this rule of thumb to an art form.

To them, it’s wisdom and caution, to me it’s a random glimpse of shapes and lines that needed to be framed and captured by my camera.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.