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  • I went for a row last summer and came home with this. If I lean forward in my chair as I write these words, I can see the island and the lighthouse out at the southern end of the harbor.

    I love rowing my old 14 footer, MARTHA – she slows me down, feels good in all ways, and gets me looking at things on and in the water very differently.

    Boats really are pretty much for me like tripods…they support me and my cameras on the water, and I’m able to move and hold them exactly where I need them to be. For that reason I have to admit that I’ve never been much of a sailor as sailboats require too much “frigging with the rigging,” there’s a lack of speed & control, and just plain too much fussing for the sort of free association work I do. Aboard MARTHA I am definitely in the low and slow mode…“up close and personal.”

    Off the south end of the island there is a constellation of ledges and submerged boulders into which only the smallest of boats dare venture, and it was there that I came upon this tableau. Just being alone, out and about in MARTHA, already had me in a state of heightened awareness, a different plane of consciousness, and as I drifted over the submerged rocks I definitely went into that “different place” I go when moments like this occur. It was both dreamy and intense.

    I hung over the transom, the camera lens only an inch or so from the water…the world was somewhere else and I was in this dream, you know?
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