The Colors of Clamming….


Wesley winching up clam bags while Jeffrey is hosing them down to get all the mud and sand off the clams and bags; Brett in back emptying the bags into orange-red plastic buckets. Watching this evolution is like watching a well-choreographed ballet. These guys move around silently, frictionless and apparently effortless to change tasks as the tempo of winching in the bags changes. Although they make it look easy, it takes tremendous strength, agility, and cooperation.
Now that I am using a digital camera I am continuously torn whether to present these photos in black and white or color. Usually, I prefer black and white. For one thing, I feel it works better with my previous black and white film photographs, and for another, I am just not that comfortable working in color and properly expressing the ‘atmosphere’ of this work.

About christian harkness

Photographer and printmaker; living and working in north Florida.
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