The Rowing Country Lawyer

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from an old friend who works at Lawyers Weekly in Boston. He wanted to know if I would be able to work on a story of a local lawyer (George Sibley) that rowed to work each day across Gloucester Harbor. As a photojournalist you find yourself working on varied stories but it’s always fun to shoot something that is indeed different. I wanted to go onto his boat for the shoot but it’s more of a pulling boat which makes it a bit tippy and there is not that much room to move around in the back as it is a double ender. So I opted to shoot from shore and not put my gear in danger of getting wet.

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This shot reminds me of W. Eugene Smith’s country doctor shot without the sky. And of course the smile. But it’s of a country lawyer on his way to work. Sibley calls his water front area “Low Tide Yacht Club”

I was able to follow lawyer Sibley down to the waterfront and to his boat – then shoot him as he crossed the harbor and tied up at a local fishing float. He then walked up to the court house and left his oars in the entry way. A fun shoot.

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Pulling away from his dock at Rocky Neck.
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Sibley heads out of Smith Cove in Rocky Neck.
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Lawyer Sibley puts some steam in the oars on his way across the harbor.
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Landing his pulling boat can be a challenge between the fishing boats.
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Tying up at the float before heading up to the courthouse.
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Sibley walks up the gangway to street level.
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Crossing Rogers St. in Gloucester with oars in hand.
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Lawyer George Sibley asks a court officer if he could leave his oars by the door before heading up to court.
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