Gales expected.

Anyone embarking on a longterm, self-assigned project will know the importance of being proactive – if you don’t ask, you don’t get, and the more you ask, the more you get. Since the start of the Isle of Man scallop season on November 1st, I’ve been blaming the weather for not going getting out on the Irish Sea with my cameras, but the truth is that I haven’t been asking. So I’ve started asking and started working again – over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been out with two trawlers from my hometown of Peel – the 10 metre Manx Ranger (PL40) and the larger, 15m, Genesis (PL400).

I don’t have any photographs back yet – the trip out on the Manx Ranger was quite rough, not that skipper, Phil, and deckhand, Naf, seemed to notice, so I only shot one roll of film. The rest of the time was spent being sick or trying not to be sick.
My latest excursion, on the Genesis, was a bit more productive, I think because it’s a larger vessel and the sea was less rough (notice how I didn’t use the word ‘calm’). I even managed to spend time in the wheelhouse, chatting with skipper, Tony, and relaxing in the galley, drinking cups of tea with deckhands, Michael and Jedd. Michael makes a damn good cup of tea.

All the images here, from my trip on the Genesis, were made using my latest toy, and the only digital camera I own, the Apple iPhone 8+


  1. Manx Angie

    These boats are raping the sea, they take whatever they like and leave the seabed like a desert. Most of what they catch is thrown back into the sea, DEAD. I admire your commitment, but please, tell it like it is.


    • I’m afraid you have your facts all wrong – these boats adhere to very strict quotas. The larger boats can’t land any more than the smaller ones. Each tow lasts about an hour and they’re doing two, maybe three tows a day. Yes, a lot is thrown back, but it takes about half an hour to sort and bag, so most of what goes back in is still alive. I took 36 scallops home last week – they were all still alive and well 8 hours later when we shelled them for eating.

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  2. Manx Angie

    On the 1st November, at the start of the season, there were 100’s of boats just off Peel, and they weren’t all local. And the quotas are nonsense, I’ve been on the breakwater and seen them unloading, literally, tonnes of scallops. It just worries me that you’re glamorising this?


  3. Samwise Ganga

    I found your work while searching for articles on shooting analog – dope man. Totally. Have you seen the stuff Corey Arnold does? You’re on the same level. Keep it up.


  4. Hannah

    I must say I’ve really been enjoying your updates and photos on Facebook when you’ve been out, very interesting (and humorous!). I look forward to wherever this project is going. Well done, Phil, you should be very proud of yourself.


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