Steve Thornton  
  Personal Work from an Award Winning Advertising and Editorial Photographer  

This personal project was shot on two different days. I hopped onto a bus in Maiori, Italy, on the Amlalfi Coast, to meet my business partner in Salerno, Italy. Just inside the city limits of Salerno I saw this old boat out of the window. I got off the bus, picked up the rental car, went to some meetings and on the way back to the hotel, drove into the port, by now it was very late in the day. In driving to the boat there was a gate and it looked like it was locked. I got out of the car, unwrapped the chain & lock then opened the gate. I then was able to drive close to the boat. I jumped out of the car, & furiously shot 100+ images in 10 minutes, then the light was gone. I closed the gate, re-wrapped the chain and drove back to Maiori. 2 days later I drove back to Salerno in the morning & shot 300+ images in about 25 minutes.

The string you see hanging down in some of the photos is caulking. Traditional caulking (also spelled calking) on wooden vessels used fibers of cotton, and oakum (hemp fiber soaked in pine tar). These fibers are driven into the wedge shaped seam between planks with a caulking mallet and a broad chisel-like tool called a caulking iron. The caulking was then covered over with a putty in the case of hull seams, seen here, or in deck seams with melted pine pitch in a process referred to as paying.

The Gear: 2 Canon cameras, 6 Canon lenses ranging from 14mm to 200mm, Gitzo carbon fiber tripod & ball head.

The 4 satellite maps below show where to boat was and the new construction.

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