On the way home from going out with Clam Boogie last week – photo by Jeffrey. So glad I have a wetsuit, although I have not really mastered the art of getting in and out of it. Taking it off is more of a struggle than slipping into it. And with the zipper in the back I need somebody to pull it up for me, even with the lanyard on it, I can’t quite manage. Getting the ankle portion over my heels and instep when getting out of it, is the hardest part.
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Tagged aquaculture, clam farming, documentary, gulf of mexico, wetsuit
After too long of a pause, I finally was able to go out into the Gulf with the Clam Boogie crew again, to photograph them while they were planting and harvesting clams. The tide was extremely low. I think it was the morning after a full moon. The water was cold enough so that it was still wet-suite time, and I was sure glad that I had mine on, even though my struggle getting into and out of it always takes on epic proportions.
Above Brett and Jeffrey are winching a bag of clams on board, and below Brett is getting a bag ready to be hauled on board.
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On my last trip home I unfortunately again missed getting togethr with Clam Boogie’s crew. I did stop by the shop and saw their ‘spik’n span’ boat and tumbler parked in front of the shop though.
A ‘quick & dirty’ video of my 5×8 inch saddle stitched 32625 v1 booklet.
This is the artist’s copy, printed on 8×10 Strathmore Drawing paper. The cover is printed on Arches Cover and the whole thing is saddle stitched with waxed thread.
I just returned from Spring Break with the family. While the weather forecast for the week had looked great, at the last minute it turned cold, too cold for me to want to get out of bed early, put on a wetsuit and go out with the crew. Of course, they had to go out and brave the weather and get the clams in. So this one was taken before the break when the weather had been nice, cool enough to wear a wetsuit in the water, but warm enough to enjoy the morning on the water. Here Jeffrey, Wesley, and Brett are cleaning up the boat before heading back in with their load of clams.
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Tagged aquaculture, birddog, clamfarming, documentary, gulf of mexico, southern photography, thewaywework
Southern Glossary is a web-based magazine about Southern art, performance, documentary, and advocacy. A while ago I contributed photos from my The Colors of Clamming portfolio to their Instagram site. Four of them made it into the winter print edition of the magazine which is out now. Ryan Sparks, the editor, and publisher has done a fantastic job of pulling together and editing outstanding material from across the South, producing a coherent magazine, devoid of the ‘low hanging fruit’ content that so often passes as Southern art.
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Tagged aquaculture, clamming, commercial fishing, documentary, magazine, photography, southern glossary
Thanks to Wesley, Brett and Jeffrey, I was able to go out with them week before last again. It was a beautiful morning, but cool enough to wear wetsuits. I got a chance to wear mine for the first time in the Gulf, and so was able to get into the water to photograph them as they were harvesting clams.
I have added a Clam Boogie portfolio to my website and would greatly appreciate any feedback., what you think of it, how it works on your browser, phone, or tablet. That sort of thing. Many thanks!
Here is a short video of the book’s working copy. I am going to still make a few editorial fixes, but this is pretty much what it is going to look like. It is rather obvious that I need to go to page turning and video school.
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To distract myself this past weekend, I put the finishing touches on the working copy of my Japanese Stab Bound book The Way We Work/Clam Boogie. For a while, the distraction worked. Then the reality of Tropical Storm # 9/Hurrican Hermine and the ferocious damage it caused began to sink in. Although I had initially thought the storm would not be much of a problem, I began to realize that I was wrong and it became the most destructive storm to hit the area in the decades I have lived here. In one way or another, it affected everybody in the Cedar Keys. Most of the businesses and many of the homes in town were either destroyed or severely damaged. Which means that people immediately lost their livelihood while at the same time incurring considerable expenses and hardships, and these don’t go away at the end of the 24 hour news cycle, they linger, often beyond full recovery.
Perhaps it was serendipity that I just started reading Alan W. Watts’s The Wisdom Of Insecurity.
Except for a brief exception, I have not been in touch with the crew of the Clam Boogie. My concern is that they all were greatly affected by the storm, both at home and at the workplace. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Here is a photo of Jeffrey and Brett made during my last/pre-hurricane trip with them.
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With apologies to Kenneth Graham, …there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about with books. I continue being slow as molasses putting this book together. However, it is an extremely satisfying task, and a wonderful example of the concept that in order to have a good book, one does not need a collection of stunning photographs, but rather a collection of photos that work together and tell a story. I have previously written about my process, so I won’t rehash it here except to say that if you feel the least bit like doing a book but are hesitating, hesitate no more and get going, even if you have not worked out all the details in your head.
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Lately, I have been going through my old negatives, in a very unorganized sort of way. I do not have all my 3-ring binders that hold contact sheets and negatives, in one place. What I discovered was that there are quite a few photos I never printed or scanned that now, looking back, are quite poignant. Especially the ones I made right around the time the Florida net-ban came into effect. So in a random order, I will post some of them here. The above one was made in April of 1995, just a couple of months before Cedar Key net-fishermen would become extinct, leaving them and the community devastated. I am not quite sure who that is on the boat, but he is headed towards the Gulf from our fish-house.
Last week I posted to/curated the Southern Glossary Instagram site. This morning the editor posted a nice recap of my posts and comments on the SG website. I think they did a great job and it’s worth a visit.