Shipping forecast for the North Irish Sea
Valid for 24 Hours
Issued on Friday, 17 February 2017 at 06:50am by Ronaldsway Met Office
Warnings – Strong winds.
State of sea – Slight or moderate, becoming mainly moderate tonight, except in the south-east of the area.
Visibility – Good, falling moderate or poor in rain and drizzle.
Since I started shooting this project, about three months ago, I’ve been asked on several occasions whether I could work on a scallop dredger, not as a photographer, but as a fisherman. Despite the unfortunate sea sickness that I suffer, something I’d eventually get used to, apparently, the answer is yes. There’s an unvarying routine to scallop dredging that appeals to me – not in a tedious or monotonous way, quite the opposite; I find the whole process to be quite relaxing and mindful. Having said all of that, I think if I was out in a force 9, when the waves are hitting the boat broadside like a foaming white conveyer belt of death, and I was lying in the wheelhouse begging the skipper to get me to dry land, things might be different..
All images here were made using an iPhone 6s and VSCOcam. I’m shooting the actual project on film using various cameras and film stock.