17 January 2010

NO MOTORS

























Few built objects are as sculpturally beautiful as these.
Photography by J S Johnston, around the 1880s-90s.
I think the straight side-on pics are simple and great; almost taxonomic...
but then, the dynamic shots are amazing. And also the floppy moments; after the race,
or broken mast...
note sleek boats, with huge bowsprits and gaff-rigs, crew in shirts and vests, hanging over the side, and ladies with parasols oblivious to the possibility of jibe-o! (boom coming over suddenly... once I was crew for my grandpa in a race, and he got whacked in the head in a jibe. We 'carried on' -with  blood pouring out of his forehead!)
And! NO MOTORS


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