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SeaPeople Project (3) RNLI Sheerness, Kent

Back to some portraits for a change…

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

Stuart Smith, RNLI Sheerness

Next up is Andy Mathews who is crew and mechanic:

Andy Mathews, RNLI Sheerness

Andy Mathews, RNLI Sheerness

and Deputy Second Cox, Paul Sands:

Paul Sands - RNLI Sheerness

Paul Sands – RNLI Sheerness

and finally to finish off, a group shot done whilst blasting around on the Medway!

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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.

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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.