I have introduced a new category in my links column – Marine photography.
Over a year ago, I started the ‘For love of a boat’ series. It originated during a walk on a Croatian beach in June 2008.
Since a child I have been fascinated by small inshore craft and will seek them out whenever I can. I have photographed them, watched them, read about them. They were always there, there was never a shortage. But now, in later life, I have woken up to the fact that the shapes I love are disappearing – fast. Others are taking there place but in very different times.
In that first post, I wrote:
“The problem is this: here is a fine-looking, well-built, working boat sitting on a beach.
It’s not in its original condition. The hot sun shines on it every day, the seams have opened, a piece of the forefoot has come away. Whether this is repairable or not is irrelevant, this boat is no longer required for its original purpose and it will finish its life as a theatrical prop on a beautiful beach in Croatia.
So, do we care? After all, there are plenty of other boats in the world. What’s special about this one?
Well, somebody had the idea to build it. Perhaps he designed it – or perhaps he took the lines off another boat- (I say ‘he’ because it’s less likely in this country to be ’she’ – but not impossible). Somebody sawed the timbers and found the rest of the materials required, then they built it. Maybe he sold it or maybe he used it himself to fish from, and certainly he would have put in the time to maintain it.
You see, this boat has gathered a history around it. It is the story of a life lived on the water. We may never know the details of that story, but it deserves some respect and, at the very least, it can be preserved in a picture.
I hope to post pictures of similar boats (most of them in a better state than this one) at regular intervals.”
I have been posting pictures ever since – more or less weekly. There are now well over 100 images in the back posts of this blog, and rather than invite people to browse back through them, I have posted them all in one set. Each time I add a new Love of a boat post, the image will automatically add to the set.
I have also discovered other people who share my passion, notably AA, whose insight into Greece and Greek boats has been another revelation. He also has built a similar set of images, and has kindly given me permission to link to it.
As time goes on I shall add sets relevant to the other themes in the blog, notably the Folksong, and the Ceres.
My interest in photography is in its ability to inform and to record, as well as in its status as an art in its own right.