Dakota Creek Shipyard - Day 3
One of the great challenges with a place like the Dakota Creek shipyard is developing a strategy that guides your work. For example, a logical approach would be to photograph the building of a vessel — after all, it's a shipyard. That kind of literal photography leans heavily on the documentary tradition and is, obviously, a perfectly valid approach.
It's not, however, the only approach. For purely personal reasons, I find I'm not motivated to tell a story about shipbuilding. Instead, I find myself drawn to the industrial abstracts that are so plentiful in a place like the shipyard. The resulting images have almost nothing to do with the shipyard itself, but only use what I find there as a launching point for a much more personal project. It's taken me a long time to become comfortable with the idea of letting go of the documentary approach, but the benefit of having done so is that I no longer need to explore an interesting place to make images. I find interesting images are everywhere. They are, however, sometimes to be discovered in greater density in places that are in sympathy with my natural eye. I'm not opposed to the documentary image when I see one, but it's not the yardstick by which I measure my success. I gather the assets and move on, searching for the next abstract.
Here are the best images from Day 3. https://adobe.ly/2gA26sm