Quite early on in the SeaPeople Project, I visited the RNLI base at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey where I photographed a number of the volunteers. They are a great bunch of guys and I had a fantastic time shooting them. They also treated me to a very speedy spin in their Trent Class lifeboat, which was somewhat quicker than the little 8m yacht I sailed at the time. (See their site for more info: http://www.sheernesslifeboats.org.uk/lifeboats.htm)
The first portrait is Stuart Smith, a crew member aboard “George and Ivy Swanson”
Stuart Smith, RNLI Sheerness
Next up is Andy Mathews who is crew and mechanic:
Andy Mathews, RNLI Sheerness
and Deputy Second Cox, Paul Sands:
Paul Sands – RNLI Sheerness
and finally to finish off, a group shot done whilst blasting around on the Medway!
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.