Immersing myself with my abstract work started from something very simple, an observation of what I thought was a mistake. From that moment I saw something in a way I hadn't before. This was my journey in to this wonderful world of abstract imagination.
The intoxicating landscape of bold colors, dynamic shapes that I have chosen to express, create excitement that moves beyond the original form and gives new meaning. Both enchanting and haunting, they engage the viewer with a flow of mystery.
These are captured through the lens, and minimal processing takes place afterwards on the computer. In our time if you haven't seen it before and given technology, one could easily assume that these photographs are created in photoshop. Letting go of, "What is this a photograph of?" will preserve the freedom, mystery, along with using our sense of wonder, will give you many possibilities to connect with these works of art.
Viewers can, both consciously and subconsciously connect with the mystery of my abstract work. Each day or moment you can enjoy it how every you choose.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
Extreme weather conditions, where the air temperature is below freezing, a deep polar wind accompanies it, and the water temperature is warmer creating this fog vapor.
PROJECT: Waterfront Lumpers
The Fishing Series “Lumpers” is new documentary work since November 2016. Richmond herself has worked in the fishing industry on several fishing vessels and can relate to these waterfront workers. She has photographed this series on five separate fishing trips that this fishing vessel landed.
Rarely seen and hardly heard of, these are the Lumpers of the working waterfront in the fishing industry. You have to be physically strong and disciplined. It’s not like a 9-5 job where you pack your lunch, and take coffee breaks. From the moment they start, they don’t stop until all the fish are unloaded into baskets that are lifted by a winch, one at a time up to the wharf.
From the 1950’s through the early 1980’s a lumper could make a good full time living and support a family. During the late 60’s - 70’s lumpers were probably the highest paid laborers on the East coast. In Gloucester Harbor there were over one hundred lumpers, and one quarter of them were part time, which consisted of Firemen, Police, Professors, Real estate Agents, Pharmacists, and Landlords.
In the late 80’s, when automation and industrialization in the fishing industry took hold, Lumping was no longer full time occupation. In the 90's when the Government began placing restrictions on the fishing industry, U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts, began lobbying effort, that lasted for years, on behalf of the fisherman. A Gloucester memorial statue has a quote engraved; "Senator Edward M. Kennedy — his love of the sea was reflected in his commitment to the commercial fishing industry of Massachusetts and the nation."
Lumpers have been displaced due to the government regulations and downsizing of the industry. Insurance companies and government are favoring large industrialized fishing. Today there are a handful of part time Lumpers and they usually work the boats once or twice a week. Lumpers are always on call. The working hours are irregular and unpredictable. Lumping one vessel is a good days pay, on the other days they fill their time with other work that they can find. The younger generation isn't interested in this kind of labor. The individuals in this series are in their late 40's and early 60's.
The fishing vessels that rely on Lumpers, fish off shore at Georges Banks or the Grand Banks located in the deep waters over 100 miles out to sea. It is one area of the fishing industry that cannot be automated because it would damage and greatly reduce the quality of the fish. Vessels that fish in these deep waters fill their holds with anywhere from 70,000-140,000lbs of fish and they need to maximize the area of their storage space below deck.
With this series I wanted to bring awareness of the Lumpers hard work, the conditions they work in, changes in the industry, and how their job brings value to the product. Gloucester is historically the oldest fishing seaport in the United States. Faced with uncertainties the working water front and surrounding businesses are trying very hard to hold on to what is left of the fishing industry that provides many jobs and business opportunities.