At the dawn of talkies, ERPI (Electrical Research Products Inc) sought to “bring the world to the classrooms” via 16mm A/V equipment and a catalog of films. ERPI was a subsidiary of AT&T and a forerunner of Encyclopedia Britannica Films.
They produced GLOUCESTER FISHERMEN (under 9 min) in 1938 with backing from Clark University. The film’s narrator was James Brill. There was also a 1938 film titled Shell-Fishing.
from the A/V Geeks archive youtube channel
Here’s James Brill narrating and before the camera in the 1946 film: FROM DEMOCRACY TO DESPOTISM, 1946, Encyclopedia Britannica Films.
5:00AM First Boat Of The Day, The Mighty Cabaret V
Captain Pete is looking at the stinky bait thinking to himself- “Do I really wanna do this?”
Stretch Pete, you’re gonna get through it.
Setting Up the Davit
Photos from a foggy September morning sunrise, taken from the Fort, looking towards East Gloucester.
I love filming and photographing around Gloucester all year round, but especially at this time of year when I find the light to be sublime. The moisture in the air provides a gossamer veil that magnifies the supernal quality of light; even the most ordinary of daily activities captured finds added beauty.
Black Sheep Fishing Boat
Apparently commercial fishing in Rome is alive and well. In my opinion you can tell how well the boats are doing by how well they are maintained. These boats are all in good shape and devoid (mostly) of rust so they must be doing alright.
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Looking out the front window of our room we got to see the Rome Dragger Fleet. Behind our Hotel, Hotel Tibor there are fish processing plants and open fish marketplaces, and along the boardwalk next to our hotel and in front of the commercial docks there are lines of Seafood Restaurants. The one we ate at last night reminded us of The Causeway. Large fresh portions obviously landed from the boats tied up right in front of us, a family run joint and very reasonable prices.
Inside our hotel facing the boats they had a restaurant Latitude 41. the similarities were wild.
What was particularly cool was to see the boats way over here using the same types of net reels and doors as they do here in the states. I’ll post more pictures of the boats soon. I was taking pictures of the way the dragger fleet had their decks set up thinking that FOB Joe Testeverde would like to see.
View from our room at Hotel Tibor
Directly behind Hotel Tibor are the fish processing and open fish markets
Directly in front of Hotel Tibor the commercial fishing docks and Coast Guard Station
Behind Hotel Tibor fish processing and open fish markets
Hotel Tibor View Panorama
View from our room.
While the city sleeps…
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You can actually see inside the pilot houses of the boats.
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This one looks really nice full screen. The detail in the background is stuff the human eye doesnt see at ths time of the morning but is only captured with the long exposure taken at three different focal lengths and then combined so everything is in relative focus.
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Lobster boats, dories, reflections off the water, symmetry, repetition, Gloucester at dawn, Rocky Neck In the background, Cape Pond Ice, the inner working harbor, there’s really not much this one is missing.
Available as an 8×10, 16×20 prints or 16x 20 canvas print which I think just make the reflections and colors pop in a painterly way (the Canvas wraps also don’t require framing).
contact me at email@example.com if you would like one for yourself or for a gift. Be sure to click on it to see the detail present when blown up.