Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Looking at the Bottom of "The When and If"

One of the things I struggle with, as I am taking photographs of this restoration, is: how to convey scale? This is a big schooner. Over 60 feet long. The scale in the photographs is hard to reconcile... until you start to see people for scale. In this series of images, there are no people, so the scale is mainly determined by texture. Considering that this boat has spent the better part of 75 years in the water, one of the things that happens as it starts to dry out is that the wood begins to shrink. Seeing some of those cracks opening up is wild! Once repairs are finished and the hull is painted, as soon as it is back in the water it will swell up nice and tight.


  1. so are those red and white plastic cans on the ground - 1/2 pint, gal or 5-gal cans?

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! This project has been enormously exciting. So many images, and yet so much more I wish I had captured.