Before a scarcity in lumber and availability of easily milled timber were things to consider in small craft construction the dugout boat was common around the world. In Louisiana there were pirogues like this one carved from a single log and paddled or "push-polled" along through the bayous, swamps and marshes. Though very few people still make these craft today, they are often family heirlooms, like this one, passed down from generations before.
I was born and raised in the Western half of the beautiful state of Kentucky. I migrated to Louisiana about ten years ago at the urging of my dear friend who was raised in a magical little Cajun village. As a story teller, Louisiana was beyond inspiring. I remember spending my first Easter in the swamp by Vermillion River for a crawfish boil, we paddled out into the cypress trees in dark green pirogues before getting lost in a rain storm. I made one of my favorite photos to date while we were lost out there. The people and landscapes here continue to inspire my work. Today my work is a mix of film and digital photography from personal projects and magazine assignments and it is almost all centered around the my own need or my client's need to tell a story. I've taken up sailing and rowing traditional boats to explore in an effort to be more aligned with traditional craft and get further away from plastics and big oil.BYWATER
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