2006 - 2016
For a decade, I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Often on the weekends, when the wind had blown away the fog that San Francisco is famous for, I would board a friend's boat and then later, older sailing vessels and schooners. During the ten years that I climbed ropes and sailed on the wooden decks of these old ships, I photographed the unfurling sails and relentless winds and the teaming waves as well as different segments of this fine fleet. From a young age, I was taken not just with William Turner's turbulent paintings, but also the historic views of ships by photographers like Gustave Le Gray. I decided to depict these boats and their details like paintings and photographs of yore with rounded corners and also a specific texture that made them look like antique lantern slides or glimpses into the past. There is definitely a sense of nostalgia when viewing these fragments and visions of old ships.