Imaging the Seaside and the Soil

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April 11, 2011


I have been a busy boy this last week. Laurie, my site designer, and I are pretty happy with the way the site is shaping up. I e-mailed the link out to a few folks. That secondarily generated contact with someone who is in the business of site promotion. Gratifying enthusiasm from all who took a look.

Then I was off to Howe Sound, where I worked as a boom-man many years back, to shoot some photos for the site. We came across a couple of boom chains in good condition. They’d been used to lift a dilapidated but still illustrative sidewinder out of the water and on to the landing. I double-toggled the chains together to show folks reading the tale of the log spill below Young Point just how tricky it would be to get something like that apart in a heaving sea. Got a nice shot of a one section boom, the fundamental unit making up the log tows that wend their way down the west coast. It had a swifter spanning it, so folks can see clearly what a boomstick looks like and how they would keep a tier of logs from working their way out of the ends of a flatboom.

It was a little heartbreaking to see that, with the vast majority of the logs being sorted on dry land, the snappy, athletic little sidewinders were gone from the water, replaced by more powerful but sluggish versions designed for pushing log-bundles around. Can’t argue for a moment that the dry-land is a not a better place to sort and grade logs than on the water. A better job can be done of both and far fewer logs will find their way to the ocean bottom. But nothing is there now that speaks even sparingly of the poetic motion that I experienced sorting and stowing logs. It was a pretty stark working environment altogether.

So shooting the garden video the following day, Sean Murphy behind the camera, made a pleasant contrast. He felt it went well and I was comfortable with the process.There are some unique things done with the space, an integration of elements that might intrigue. Shooting it now, before the spring growth gets seriously underway reveals the underlying structure, ‘the bones’ as I like to refer to it.




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