Lumpers

CompanyKatherine Richmond Photography
PhotographerKatherine Richmond
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Rarely seen and hardly heard of, these are the hard working lumpers of the working waterfront of the fishing industry.  It's an aging part of the fishing business. The younger generation is not interested in this kind of work. The fish are off loaded one basket at a time by a winch up on the wharf. Lumpers are on call, with an unpredictable schedule. Unloading starts at 3A.M. with some vessels, and others it starts when the vessel pulls into port. Later starts mean finishing up can end at midnight, especially with large 140,000lb trips. The fish hold is approximately 30'x40'. High quality fresh fish is still viable business and important to many. Ground fish species cannot be automated because it would damage the quality of the fish. These kinds of fish are handled up to 25-30 times from time it’s caught, until it's on a dinner plate.

About Photographer

Katherine Richmond took up photography in 1976. From the early beginnings, she was attracted to nature, people, documentary and in recent years abstract photography. She lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts U.S. While shooting in extreme situations with the ocean wave series her photographs shows us the beauty of the wild conditions. Having a love of water Richmond has explored miles of the rocky coastlines of the North shore of Massachusetts by foot in pursuit of finding a magical moment between the waves and light. With her abstract photographs, she brings to you the world of light in moments which are almost impossible to be seen, except in her photographs. The intoxicating landscapes of bold colors, dynamic shapes, that I have chosen to express create excitement that moves beyond the original form and gives it a new meaning. Both enchanting and haunting, they engage the viewer with the flow of mystery. These are captured through the lens, and minimal processing takes place afterwards. Viewers can, both consciously and subconsciously connect with the mystery of her abstract work. "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau Since 1993 she has taken part in photographic juried competitions and exhibitions with her incredible photographs. Up to now she has won eleven awards. Graduated BS Communication Arts and Sciences, Lydonville State College Lyndonville, Vermont Published: Yankee Magazine, Vermont Gazette, Design New England Magazine -Memberships; The Griffin Museum of Photography, SeArts, Photographic Resource Center, Center for Fine Art Photography CO and Los Angeles Center of Photography My work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast, in solo shows, juried shows, group shows and is in private collections.