To make a change from architecture and landscapesI thought I might start sharing some of the images from my SeaPeople Project. I’ll do this one portrait at a time.
This project began about three or four years ago and has lain dormant for a while although I now have a couple of new shoots in the pipeline which has given it a exciting boost. It is a portraiture project photographing ordinary people who earn a living from working on the sea, either aboard boats or in a supporting role.
This first portrait features Martin Cox, the Engineer Superintendent aboard Union Pluto, one of seven vessels for which he is responsible. Originally he trained as an agricultural engineer before becoming a Cadet Engineer in 1989 working aboard a variety of large tanker and container ships on deepsea routes. I photographed Martin at Whitstable Harbour on a very wet day in 2010.