Classic Wooden Boats / The Custodians Registration
Classic Wooden Boats is a new work I am undertaking that initially will be displayed at the 2021 Australia Wooden Boat Festival as an exhibition called “The Custodians” and I’m looking for wood boat owners to take part – participation is free.
My ambition is to gather images of vessels out on the water, under sail or steam with Tasmania’s stunning coastline and dramatic skies in the background. Accompanying these seascapes will be portraits of each owner and their own story of being a wooden boat custodian.
So if you are a proud young or old, male or female, owner of a wooden yacht, boat or dinghy that is berthed, moored or stored in a shed in Tasmania then please register. *Where your boat was originally built does not matter.
Wooden boats are both beautiful works of art and time machines that carry our island’s maritime history with them. These vessels and their stories continue to live on thanks to you, their custodians. It is thanks to your hard work, dedication and investment into their upkeep and history that our island is so alive and so rich in maritime stories. Like my book series Old Sea Dogs, my ambition is to document as many of these stories as I can so I hope you’re keen to be involved.
Registration and participation is free, however you do have to commit to the below:
- Owners need to commit to taking their wooden beauty out for a sail, motor or row on a pre-arranged date (weather permitting) so that I can photograph your vessel on the water with Tasmania’s stunning coastline in the background. Afterwards, when back at the dock, you’ll also need to let me come aboard to take a portrait of you (gruff, salty, smiles welcome).
- Owners will also be sent an email with questions asking why they love wooden boats, why they spend far too much money keeping them afloat and what they know of the history of their vessel. What I encourage you to write back are stories that make us laugh, make us cry, make us nod our head in agreement and then shake it with disbelief. i.e. if your boat was getting married and you were the best man/woman, what story would you tell about it 😀
Images of each vessel will be made available for purchase after the photography session. Owners that purchase images will receive a 25% discount, along with a digital version of each image for use online and on social media.