Monday 18th November – I took a trip out with skipper, Cam Watterson, and Chris Overs on the Port St Mary (Isle of Man) based scallop dredger, Regal Star. I’m shooting a mix of black & white and colour at the moment – I think this series definitely lends itself to monochrome.
I don’t know a lot about fishing, but what I do know, is that the longer fishermen are sat around between tows, the less money they’re earning… On Wednesday morning, our third day out, the mood was low – for the first couple of days out on Mizpah, the hauls of fish had been less than bountiful; the crew were on the processing deck, sorting and gutting fish, for as little as 20-minutes after some hauls. I’d been speaking to […]
Mizpah – Its first usage (Gen 31.49-50) refers to it as a pillar of stones set up by Jacob and Laban. The pillar of stones acted as a witness to the bond between the two men. These are the first of many images I made in the last couple of weeks aboard the fishing trawler, Mizpah LK173, based out of Lerwick in Shetland. I’ve had to come home for a few days; however, I’ll be heading north again very soon. My […]
I’m heading north at the end of next week to continue my project to document deep-sea fishing trawlers. Just getting up to Lerwick is a distance of 670-miles, 450-miles of that is by road: it’s a good job I enjoy a road-trip. Now, if everything goes to plan, I leave the Isle of Man of Friday, get to England at midnight, drive all night and hit Thurso Bay in Caithness for a late breakfast in Scrabster. North of Scrabster is […]
‘The skipper, Barry, had been asleep all afternoon, he’d have slept longer, but he hadn’t been to the supermarket to get stores for the next trip. Maud pointed out, not for the first time, that there’d been four crewmen sat round in Scrabster all weekend, doing nothing, when they could have been grocery shopping. Barry brushed his wife off and pretended it wasn’t an issue, but really, having to go via Asda was a massive pain in the ass. A few years […]
“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL I’m experiencing problems with my inner ears at the moment, which explains the extreme seasickness I’ve been encountering. So, until it’s sorted out, I’m concentrating on a land-based project to document people who live in less than conventional homes, such as caravans, van conversions, boats, […]
‘Tuesday 19th February – I slept through the steam down to the fishing grounds, and woke-up heaving. I only just made it outside, but while I’m feeding the fish with the two waffles I managed to grab on the way out of the house, I work out that we’re south; southwest of the Chicken Rock lighthouse, to be more accurate. Michael wants to play a game that he calls ‘The Wet Challenge.’ – the rules, as far as I can […]
At 3.45am, from Peel breakwater, I could hear the wind, and through the faint sodium street lights, I noticed sizable waves collapsing onto the beach. The human psyche is a strange and mysterious thing because I already felt sick; I was still sitting in my car. I washed two sea sickness tablets down with half a can of Red Bull, checked the BBC weather forecast on my iPhone one last time, and headed down to the Genisis. I’d packed the […]