Study of boat hulls in the Port Townsend Dry Dock

When I first discovered the shipyards of Port Townsend, I was mesmerized

by the abstract surfaces and the unique combination of colors found in the

boats’ hulls. Each texture told a story: from the marking of their passage

through rough Alaskan waters, to the sandblasting and stripping of those being

restored for their return to sea. Studying these layers of decay fascinated me,

as it is this graphic evidence of both the random damage from nature and the

intentional damage from the human touch. In this series of photographs I wanted

to capture how these organic shapes and dynamic colors create an

abstract topography of the boat’s history, and a way of understanding the

timelessness of each journey upon which they have embarked. 

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