Thursday, 7th November. Lerwick. The fishing trip is over, but I’m staying on Mizpah for a couple of days to wait for my ferry back to Scrabster. I went for an adventure on the bus, well, I use the term ‘adventure’ loosely because I only got as far as Scalloway, less than 6-miles to the west of Lerwick. There wasn’t much in the small town; however, I did find a pub. After a couple of pints of lager and a […]
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 […]
The Northlink ferry from Orkney to Shetland: an 8-hour voyage which I’d intended using for writing and sleeping,but there’s a bar on the boat. That’s where I met the Russian. I’d seen him at the check-in desk an hour before, a tall man, grey cropped hair and weathered looking, olive complexion. From his accent and the way he dressed – knockoff ADIDAS tracksuit, Hugo Boss man-bag and black pool sliders with white socks – I had him down as a […]
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 […]
I recently had the pleasure of photographing a fantastic model from the west coast of Ireland, Roseena McNair, who was visiting the Isle of Man for a couple of days. Roseena has a beautiful natural look and wore no makeup at all. I’ve done no skin retouching, whatsoever. I see the work of photographers whose models have the appearance of having been dipped in wax; they have a kind of Madame Tussaud’s look to them. When confronted, they’ll insist that […]