The Tubman Project

My excuse for not updating the blog since mid-May for once actually has something to do with photography.  I've been asked by my friend and Salisbury University colleague Phil Hesser to collaborate with him on a book project.  The project involves Maryland Eastern Shore landscapes that were significant in the life of Harriet Tubman.

Phil, a historian, is gathering texts and archival photos of the landscapes and related artifacts.  My job is to produce contemporary photos of the (much-changed) sites.  This is by far the most rewarding photography experience I've had.  It's also been very time-consuming, as I drive the back roads of Dorchester County and hike through phragmites thickets and poison ivy patches at all hours, finding the sites and chasing the good light.

Equipment consists of a trio of Olympus OM-D camera bodies and an assortment of lenses (also Olympus), plus my tripod and trusty Ford pickup.  For the most part, the 12-100mm PRO lens stays on one E-M1 II body and the 7-14mm PRO on another.  The E-M5 II carries the 300mm PRO with extender--there are a lot of birds here, in and around the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.  Lens swapping is kept to a minimum, because this is a very sandy, buggy, windy place.

Here are a few samples:

 

Cormorant, Little Blackwater River

Cormorant, Little Blackwater River

Wheatfield near Bucktown

Wheatfield near Bucktown

Interior, Bucktown Store

Interior, Bucktown Store