Keeping the Old Ways Alive, Scituate MA

New England’s coastal downs, their communities architecture and very existence have long been shaped by the sea and it’s business. Fishing and the business around it is at the heart of much of New England heritage, with lobstering holding a particularly unique place. But this is increasingly becoming a threatened way of life as governments balance environmental and economic costs against the few individuals still wanting to make a living in this challenging trade. But when we lose this industry and all the heritage that goes with it and irreplaceable part of New England culture will go with it.

Ha Diligaf is one of the boats operated by Snappy’s Lobsters operating out of Scituate Harbor, considered both ethical and delicious in their catch. In what was once a vibrant fishing harbor, one of the safest on the eastern seaboard, now only a handful of families keep at this work, mostly for the pure love of it.

In March I went out with the guys, and was reminded how tough a job it is, to get that lobster on your plate.

 

Little Brook Farm, New York

This photo series was shot the weekend before Christmas on my visit to Little Brook Farm, a longstanding and well respected horse rescue farm in Old Chatham New York. The first of many visits I hope, this was my Christmas gift to myself-a chance to do some farm work, give back in a small way, and take photographs in between mucking, feeding and watering.

All 96 horses at Little Brook and the surrounding properties they use on loan were rescued from abuse, extreme neglect, starvation, and in many cases the slaughterhouse. And perhaps equally shocking, all are kind, warm, quirky animals worth getting to know in spite of all that they have been through. This is of course due to the resilience of horses, but also to the extraordinary commitment of the team of volunteers who keep the place going and nurture the horses physical and emotional needs 365 days a year.

To read more about my experience at Little Brook Farm …

 

Western Maine

Maine has always been dear to me, a wild place close at hand in the northeast, both sea and mountains in one state, with an impossibly long coastline and inland woods and roads I am still exploring after having lived in the state for many years. It is always such a thrill to go back and wander. To get lost for a while and see what I find.

 

"Raised in the River" Darien, Georgia

The photo essay was shot in and around Darien, Georgia the week of July 12, 2017.

It follows Captain Wynn Gale and life around the shrimping vessel, the Big Cobb, examining the challenging and changing world of shrimping as a way of life in the Low Country of Georgia in our modern times.

Many thanks to my mentors and editors Kim Hubbard and Mike Belleme, and to Seth and Jesse of Collective Quarterly for bringing together such an extraordinary group.

 

Sugar Shack, Upstate New York, USA

I came upon this sugar shack outside of Saratoga Springs on a bike ride in the spring of 2018 and stopped to greet the collies sitting confidently in the tractor. Fergie and Massie, named for the tractor, were lovely dogs and their owner invited me back to see the process of making maple syrup for myself the next morning. I believe the process was taught to settlers by Native Americans, and continues to be done in traditional labor intensive manor with dozens of gallons of sap boiling down to a bottle of syrup. My morning in the fragrant sugar shed watching traditions continue to be handed from generation to generation was very special.