I am down in Apalachicola for a couple days working with Tamron on a project. I can’t really say what that project is just yet, but so far it looks like it will be fun and hopefully interesting for all! After dinner last night Ken Hubbard and I went down to Eastpoint to shoot sunset. Shortly after arriving one of the locals, Carson, came over to talk with us. Carson told us his story. He returned to Eastpoint about 8 months ago after leaving to live in NY for 35 years. He had left due to some issues he was facing but returned when his mother became ill here in town. He didn’t make it back in time to see her, but continued his journey regardless. He did what he needed to do to make things right here regarding his issues and has been living in a tent nearby. Carson, like many more folks here, is struggling to make ends meet and earn a living. Work and life is not easy for the fisherman here. The Apalachicola Bay is suffering from the lack of fresh water needed and it is making times extremely tough for folks who have been in the fishing and oyster industry for generations.
We talked with Carson while the sunset behind us. The light on Carson and the scene behind him was very nice and I asked if he minded if I did an image or two. He said yes and even told us how he had studied photography in college. Carson was really articulate and intelligent, very interesting to talk with as well. We asked if he had eaten today and he stated a little, so we made sure he would have a little money to eat and get something to drink as well. We asked if we could come back and talk some more in the next day or so, he said yes. I truly believe simply offering an ear to hear the story is all people want from a visitor. He did ask if he could have a print or two from our shoot and is going to get us an address to send it to his brother’s PO Box. Folks like Carson is what makes Apalachicola and the rest of the Forgotten Coast so special and unique. Hopefully it will remain forgotten but the people here will one day thrive in their livelihoods again someday.
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f3.2, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/40th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear

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