Although inspired by varied subject matter, I am forever drawn to the ocean, its shores and all things nautical, including vessels of every description and for whatever purpose. Within each capture, the camera and lens freezes a moment in time representing something of significance to which I've reacted. Perhaps it was an emotion, an awakened memory, the physical manifestation of a notion or attribute, but always more than the subject matter itself.The result is the image you see before you.
Memorial Bridge Shots 2012- The Deconstruction
The Memorial Bridge, a truss lift bridge, served as a lifeline between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, Maine from 1923 to 2011. As the plaque on the Portsmouth side of the bridge reads, it was dedicated as a ," Memorial to the sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919." Over its "life" it had fallen into a state of disrepair and was eventually deemed unsafe. Its deconstruction was begun in January of 2012 with its replacement, a new Memorial Bridge, scheduled to open in July of 2013.
The deconstruction process of the Memorial Bridge seemed to impact the community in a way that few could have anticipated. I first took note of the upcoming "deconstruction" of the Memorial Bridge when a local news station reported that the bridge's lift span(center span)was to be floated off intact. Imagine, the entire 2 million pound section lowered onto a barge and," away she goes". Now, I thought this would be worth seeing, and it was. However, the throngs of people on hand to witness this spectacle, the varied emotions shared by the crowd, the stories that surfaced about this bridge by long time residents of the area, and the military vets, who best understood the true meaning of this bridge as a memorial to those who had served their country, seemed to bring to life this pile of steel, asphalt and concrete in a way that few could have possibly imagined or predicted. Before long, much of the conversation around me centered around how such an iconic piece of Portsmouth's heritage had been allowed to deteriorate. Regret, remorse and sadness would soon turn into respect, admiration and honor as the "deconstruction" of the Memorial Bridge ensued.
The following images chronicle the various phases of the deconstruction process. Some of the images in this gallery have been repurposed to reflect the mood and sentiment of those around me. Similarly, as the weather on any given day seemed to influence how the process was perceived, I portrayed its impact on the scene as the images were finalized.