Sunday, July 8, 2007

One Approach to Collecting Really Large Things

I've started a new collection to add to my collection of collections of not-really collectible objects: benchmarks, cornerstones and water towers.

This time, I'm collecting images of the container ships, tankers, ferries and other large watercraft that steam about on the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay near my home in Lewes.

Sometimes I'm able to get clear, close-up shots. More often, I'm capturing images hazy with distance through thick, humid seaside air.

I like ships and boats. I like the sea. I like the work-a-day-ness of these ships. They bring cargo and cars and rust and people from all over. It's part of the joy of living where land and sea meet.

And I like the distance and mystery of these photographs. At first I was disappointed to not get sharper images. But after living with them a while, I realize that they have a ghostly quality that only deepens their attraction for me. Now, the farther out towards the horizon, the more interested I am in the ship.


Nancy Willing said...

This objectifies the absurdity of the argument that a seawater windfarm would detract from the beach experience.

Mike Mahaffie said...

That's a very good point. I didn't even think about that, though I was trying to figure out, based on watching the ships, where the shipping channel lies. The maps of the wind-farm proposal that I have see shows the windmills on either side of the channel, we out to sea.

jason330 said...

Your project might attract the attention of homeland security.

Anonymous said...

You may want to check out It has a lot of interesting facts and photos on tankers and such.

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