Earlier this year, I was commissioned to shoot a documentary set for the International Lutheran Seamans’ Mission; an organisation that has stations around the world tending to the spiritual and more pedestrian needs of seafarers. I thought the brief was interesting – follow and document one of their mission leaders, on vessels of various sizes ranging from small wooden fishing boats to new 1000ft container ships – whilst interacting with the seafarers and looking for interesting vignettes. That will be the subject of a future On Assignment – the client has not yet published the annual report it was commissioned for.
Today’s photoessay is a little precursor to that and perhaps what could be considered a few personal observations on the job – little still lifes, vignettes and a certain poetry and art in the abstract. It reflected the beginnings of my visual shift at the time, and curated with a little hindsight (“thinking time)”, I think makes for a strong set. Enjoy! MT
This series was shot with a Nikon D4 and AFS 24-140/4 VR. Seawater, weather and a general need for mobility (including jumping between shuttle boats in open sea at one point) meant that a single lens solution was the ideal. Processing was done with the techniques covered in the Processing for Style workshop video.
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