The corner of Eastern Avenue and Third Street in Annapolis, Md., is a barrier between surf, turf, work, home and play. A “T” intersection, a driver headed east has the choice between a marina on the right and a naval architecture firm and nautical instrument manufacturer on the left, just a few businesses in the busiest maritime district on the East Coast. A driver with bad brakes would blow through the intersection, careen through a pocket-park and slash into Back Creek, left to the mercy of Poseidon or any of the residents of the small homes within earshot.
- Mike Bulmer, explains the difference in the racing sailboats at Muller Marina, where he works. This picture shows depth by using the mast, here laid vertically, as well as the hull of the motorboat to move eyes toward Bulmer.
- Tim Loupwell works on the sail drive of a J 100, a type of racing sailboat. Hours earlier he painted the hull with a hydrophobic paint to help the craft move through water as quickly as possible. This picture uses the pastel blue of the boat’s hull to frame the subject, use a unique color and limit the amount of colors elsewhere in the image.
- Mike Bulmer shuffles for position so he can finish painting a hull at Muller Marine. This picture makes use of light. Muller, stuck between two boats, is emerging from a shadow. Also, the boat on the right is reflecting an interesting pattern onto the keel on the left.
- John Schleider, center, shows how nautical instruments built at Weems and Plath are prepared for shipping as Regina Cable looks on and Liz Dawson, on right, works.
Weems and Plath manufactures nautical instruments, sells and ships them from a warehouse in Annapolis, Md. This photo makes use of color, particularly grey. Shot on a dreary day, the bland building blends in with the sky, causing the inside of the building, the place where the action happens, to pop.