BUMPS + SCRAPES + PEELS
This series is full of photographs that Geoffrey shot from his small boat. He would launch early in the morning or late in the afternoon to catch the lighting that was strong and full of contrast. He would go to the big harbors that had the large container ships and barges. These were often being repaired or just tied up at dock waiting.
During these expeditions Geoffrey was boarded twice by the coast guard for being too close to the sometimes 6 story high ships. It was more then a little spooky to have their boat come flying in with lights flashing and with young soldiers holding machine guns at the ready. After a complete interrogation and search of his boat and his ID, he was let go with severe warnings about staying at least 300 feet away from any of the large ships - which of course was too far for the pictures he wanted to take.
It’s the sides of these large ships that have the scars of layers of paint, tire marks, scrapes and rust that he finds so interesting and beautiful. By cruising the sides of these massive ships he finds areas of color or graphic shapes.