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+