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Maybe Baby
Little did I know that taking photographs of the construction of Bill Graham’s 24’ keel/centerboard sloop would be the start of a fantastic partnership with Gannon and Benjamin Boat Yard in Vineyard Haven, the designers and builders of the boat. Before I accepted the commission, I had one important question – would this be a documentary project only, or could I take some liberties and shoot it as an art photographer? The client didn’t hesitate for a second. He was commissioning local craftsmen Nat Benjamin and Ross Gannon to build his wooden boat, so he wanted my photographs to reflect my own interpretation. That’s all I needed to hear – I was in.

Over the course of the next ten months, I made regular trips to the boatyard and photographed the process, as it evolved from pencil lines on the floor of the boatbuilding shop to the launch many months later. I told the story of the boat’s construction through details that sometimes bordered on abstraction, while at other times pulled back and shot the overall scene. I photographed the boat builders, the sailmaker, rigger, and their tools. All artists doing their craft.

The finished product for the client included a portfolio book of fifty color prints, and select images presented as large, limited edition framed prints. 

Clients hire Alison for her unique photographic vision – strong graphics, vivid colors, simple bold compositions, and a beautiful use of available light. She works hard to capture her subjects in ideal light, under the best weather conditions available to her. She also does her research, often getting access to areas that aren't easily found, which brings unusual perspectives on her subjects.

We're happy to discuss all commissions – especially those where clients are hiring Alison to shoot with her own instinctive style. Alison retains all rights to her photos, sometimes selling them as fine art prints in our gallery.

For more information, please email Alison, or call us at the studio 508-693-4429.