Category Archives: Boats

A Fishing Family

Usually vernacular slide photography is all birthday parties, travel and glamour so a collection of pics taken locally in SA by a fishing family is something different. This group of snapshots were dirty and blurry but the grit seemed to go with the subject and I like how they look with an added dry texture. The snapshot quality and rough composition of the originals (which I have kept) are wonderful as little paintings.


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Posted by on July 9, 2016 in Boats, Close-ups, Harbour

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One way round!

Probably England, late 1950s. Mom and son on a seaside boat ride. Quite a solid little boat that one, its certainly not made of plastic.

Seaside amusement parks and areas, with boat their rides and many other facilities seen here in the background, were an important part of mid century culture. Outings to seaside amusement parks were a choice activity in the era, and appear frequently in my collection.

Read more about the growth, decline and evolution of amusement parks in the USA: Here.

Before and after




Men on a Quay

Men wait on a harbour quay somewhere in 1963.

A radical straightening was needed, then recoloring and sharpening. I find that many seaside and harbor snapshots, with a lot of blue in them, turn quite magenta over time. Recoloring brings them back to life.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Boats, Europe, Harbour, Modes of transport

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Snoozing on the Decks

Date, place, ship and title of novel unknown … its a simple, chilled and cozy scene. Only one person is wide awake and he is on the very last page of his novel, utterly absorbed to the last nail-biting moments. I love the way the two women’s heads are leaning together. Its not all about getting a tan, rather everybody looks warm and comfortable. Its likely this scene was photographed in the early 1960’s towards the end of the classic passenger boat era. During the 1960’s Boeing released their 747’s and travel by ship became much less popular. It was only in the late 1970’s that cruising by boat re-invented itself purely as a pleasure pursuit.

Straightened, cropped and re-colored.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Boats, People

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Simonstown Harbour Scene

Simonstown harbor in 1960. I love the flags – half transparent and whipping in the Cape wind. What a funny collection of men on that small fishing boat. This image appeals to my sea- and South Peninsula loving heart!

I deepened the sky, bringing back its moodiness, and brightened up the flags. I decided not to crop the half-man or to remove the signboard in the foreground – I like the odd but balancing effect they have.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Boats, Harbour, South Africa

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Working Harbor

Back in the day, before harbors become amusement parks and shopping areas, this 1966 scene was more common. Rough and ready, working harbors were a real adventure to explore.

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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Boats, Harbour

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Suntanning on a Boat

An unknown boat, and unknown location, but we do know its 1964. The leisure pursuits of suntanning and reading a book with friends are that much more sumptuous on a boat. Or at least it looks that way to me.

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Beach scene, Boats, People

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Flirting on the Beach Hawaii

I have long loved this image of a man and a woman on the beach in Hawaii, 1971. He chubby and tanned, she hand on hip, high heeled, and long-dressed, half hidden by a palm tree. It looks like a holiday flirt. There is black, volcanic rock in the background.

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in America, Beach scene, Boats, People

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Boating in the Gulf of Naples

These leisure and sailing boats are clustered in a small, traditional harbor on the Gulf of Naples, Italy in 1966. In the background is the ‘Transatlantico Ristorante’, which still exists, although it was undoubtedly more romantic in this era than the generic, whitewashed place it has turned into now.

Recoloring of this image was necessary to remove the purple and blue tints left by time. I hope I recaptured the warmth and romanceof the day.

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Boats, Europe, Harbour, Hotel

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Boat People

An enduring favorite of mine. I don’t know who they are, where or when this was taken, but the intimacy of the moment, the sense of fun and companionship draws me right in and makes me feel like I’m right there with my boating buddies.

Straightening the horizon and then selectively recoloring parts of the image brought it back to life.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Boats, Close-ups, People

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