Pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tures Ch­e­sa­peake waters in photo book

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Jay Flem­ing, a lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher based in An­napo­lis, spent the past three years doc­u­ment­ing the ways of life of those who make their liv­ing off of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay’s re­sources to com­prise his book, Work­ing the Water. Flem­ing pho­tographed Charles County ar­eas in Port To­bacco, New­burg, Mar­shall Hall, Al­lens Fresh, Mal­lows Bay, among others around the re­gion, for his book. It is avail­able for pre-sale through www. work­ingth­e­wa­ and http://www.jayflem­ing­pho­tog­ra­ work­ing-the-water

Q: How long have you been tak­ing pic­tures, and how did you get started?

A: I have been shoot­ing pic­tures since I was 14 years old (now 28). I started shoot­ing pic­tures with my fa­ther, Kevin Flem­ing, who is still a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher. Q: What in­spires you? A: I am in­spired to shoot pic­tures by the hu­man in­ter­ac­tion with the water and wildlife.

Q: Do you con­sider pho­tog­ra­phy to be a ca­reer?

A: Yes, pho­tog­ra­phy is my full time job.

Q: How did you pub­lish your book?

A: The book is be­ing pub­lished by Port­fo­lio Books, a com­pany owned by Flem­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy. My de­sign team and I are do­ing the 240 page lay­out.

Q: Who are some of your fa­vorite pho­tog­ra­phers and why? How much do you feel they in­flu­ence your own work?

A: Some of my fa­vorite lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers other than my dad are Aubrey Bo­dine, Mar­ion War­ren and David Harp. I have learned a lot about the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, its his­tory, wildlife, etc. from look­ing at their pho­to­graphs.

Q: What do you want read­ers to know about you?

A: I fo­cus my work on Ch­e­sa­peake Bay wildlife and the hu­man in­ter­ac­tion with the bay. My cur­rent project, Work­ing the Water, is a pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­tary of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Seafood in­dustr y, high­light­ing the peo­ple in­volved with the in­dustr y, the seafood, the his­tor y/ her­itage and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. I hope that the book will give view­ers a bet­ter idea of where their seafood is com­ing from by show­ing the process and the peo­ple in­volved with the har­vest. My next book will fo­cus on wildlife in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay water­shed.

Lit­er­ary lights Q&As will ap­pear pe­ri­od­i­cally in the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent. Sug­ges­tions for lo­cal au­thors to spot­light should be sent to Sara New­man at snew­man@somd­ or com­mu­nity@somd­

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