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John Adams

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Evanescent Trawlers of the South is a photography study of the disappearing beautiful hand crafted wooden Shrimp Fishing Trawlers of the South through a retrospective view. With each week that passes so does another one of these magnificent working vessels that lined the Southern Harbors of the United States for over 100 years. This series represents the essence of the challenges, hard life and above all the hidden beauty of the last rare and quickly passing wooden vessels that remain in the industry.

I started my career working small wooden craft in Northern California as a Salmon Fisherman and Sea Urchin Diver, then spent 20 years in the Navy traveling to almost every ocean in the world and I still love boats. They have been such a large part of my life and with this project I tried to bring together a series of images to reflect my heartfelt visions through the lens of a camera, this collection of photographs is the result of 8 years of shooting across various Southern States.

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