Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"The Catch of the Day"

Over the past week, I have had the privilege of being aboard Capt. Lewis Shelton's boat, the Miss Mae as it explored the waters of the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay. It would be hard to put into words just how incredible these past few days have been, as we have seen so many wonderful sights and met the most interesting and hard working people one could encounter. In just a few short days, I was taken back in time to a place that has gone unchanged for generations.

The photographs included in this post are the result of one early morning sunrise encounter with a crew of hard working fisherman, as they begin their day. Leaving our dock before sunrise, we set at their net awaiting their arrival, and the catch they would pull from the nets. These men welcomed our presence and cooperated in every way possible to insure that my photographs would be the very best possible. I cannot thank them enough for the morning they chose to share with me. I will be forever thankful and appreciative.

I hope as you view these photos you will think about not just these fisherman, but about the tradition they continue. Using the same techniques taught to them by their fathers and grandfathers, they catch the fish we enjoy in the finest resturants accross the nation. Because of their hard and dangerous work, we enjoy the "Catch of the Day."

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