Photographer captures Chesapeake waters in photo book
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. workingthewater.com and http://www.jayflemingphotography.com/shop/ 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.
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