Up the Charles (Under Bridges)

Back Bay Boston, Cambridge and Watertown. MIT, BU and Harvard. Marinas and rowing clubs. But mostly bridges.

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Up the Chelsea Creek

Chelsea Creek is all industrial and very visually interesting.

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Up the Mystic

A couple miles above the Mystic River locks the river winds though downtown Medford, MA. I only knew Medford as a suburb you drive through going north on Interstate 93. This stretch of river lends itself to pretty pictures. Further up the river is completely undeveloped.

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And Now for Something Completely Different

Behind me on the Mystic Marine fueling dock in Charlestown was this boat. It’s a Chris Craft Stinger, a cigarette boat probably 32 feet long with at least 500 horse power.

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Of course the skipper was a character (and great guy). He was living in Miami and bought the boat in 1985 from the producers (Michael Mann?) of the TV series Miami Vice when she had only twelve hours on her. This kind of boat was used in the first season of the series. It was probably sold because they used a Wellcraft the next season. Here in Boston, seeing the fishing gear, the Coast Guard asked if he really fished off it. He told them he did everything off it – it was the only boat he had. (I think he might also be living on it).

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I followed him as he cruised downtown Boston. The boat really rumbled.

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There are always new or different things when I’m cruising the harbor, but this one stood out. And, Miami Vice was a great show visually and sonically with acting parts for the likes of Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.

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USS Constitution

On Friday, August 29th, Old Ironsides set sail for the last time until 2018. This fall she goes into dry dock in the Charlestown Navy Yard for extensive restoration. At Castle Island she fired a 21-gun salute and sailed back into the harbor under her own power. I was one of the flotilla of boats that accompanied her.

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Tall Ships

Two very interesting tall ships visited Boston Harbor this summer. The first was a reproduction of the Lynx, an American privateer originally built in 1812. In the War of 1812 the US had only 17 ships in its navy while the British had over 700. So, the US contracted with private vessels to capture British merchant ships and essentially licensed piracy. The design of the these privateers and the tactics they used are fascinating.

I got to sail on the Lynx so don’t have a photo of her on the water from afar. These are from aboard.

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The other ship was the Charles W. Morgan the last of the American whaling fleet. Built in 1841 she is America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. The only ship older is the USS Constitution which is next to her in the first two photos.

There was an interesting tie-in to the Charlestown Navy Yard where they were docked. The Morgan was being restored at the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea when oak timbers cut for ship building over 100 years ago were found when excavating for the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Navy Yard. Some of the timbers are now part of the Morgan’s hull. The last photo is of the completed Spaulding Hospital.

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Different Ways of Looking

Shooting from the water continues this season.

Below is a pretty picture from shooting a night of racing for Courageous Sailing’s Corporate Challenge. This is a fund raising event to support CS’s program to teach Boston kids to sail and the the leadership and teamwork skills it requires. Great organization.

http://www.courageoussailing.org

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Here is one I took with a point-and-shoot – phone camera – accident sensibility. I like the kind of immediacy, drama and composition this type of photo involves.

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But this is still the kind of image that fascinates me and I focused on last season. It is my affinity with the New Topographics movement in photography from the late 70s which has and continues to influence photographers.

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Almost Back on the Water

The long winter delayed getting boats in the water by 2-3 weeks. Below is the little gal with her new bottom paint getting hull wax and buffing. She should be in her slip by the weekend.

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The type of photos I took from her last year will not necessarily be continued this year. I’ve finished editing those and deciding what to do with the results.

The last post showed the framed pairing of prints I submitted to the AGC Spring Exhibition. It generated interest at the opening and sold during the show. While I would like each photo from this project to be able to stand alone, I like pairing them. Here is another example.

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Etc.

Salt. This is from late last summer on the Chelsea. I’m sure it is all gone like a pile on the Mystic where I saw another ship unloading this week.

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This is my entry in the Artists’ Group of Charlestown Spring Show. Pairings may be the way to introduce the results of this project.

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Outtakes

One last look through the initial edit. These are not intended to have a theme and will not be included in the final project. But I still like them.

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