Aboard the Irish Lass

Personal Photographic Project


A personal photographic project documenting lobster fishermen in the Maritimes. It incorporates fishing activities both on land and at sea, as well as landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, and fishing and other vessels encountered along the way. The bulk of the project is centred on the Sandell brothers and their work in the Bay of Fundy, near Saint John, New Brunswick.


  • Location: Maritime Coastal Waters
  • Date: Ongoing
  • Type: Documentary
  • Purpose: Personal Project


In early June 2010, I spent three days with brothers Terry Sandell and Randy Sandell as they fished for lobster in the Bay of Fundy. In August of that year, I spent two more days with them as they fished the Northumberland Strait. This was the start of an on-going documentary and landscape project called Aboard the Irish Lass, named for the first vessel they operated on the Bay of Fundy.

With the exception of 2014 and 2015, I have spent time with them in each of the following years, either as they fished for lobster or prepared their gear. The resulting photographs document their routine as well as some of the vessels and scenery along the way.

I intend to continue this project in the coming years. I don't see it ever being complete, merely ongoing. Although Terry and Randy will continue to figure prominently, the project will not be totally exclusive to them and their work (see next paragraph). And, although my efforts will concentrate on lobster fishing, I might also look into opportunities to photograph some of the other in-shore fisheries.

In June 2015, I sailed with Skipper Bruce Jack and the crew of the Andrea Lynn as they fished lobster along Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. This work was part of my artistic residency in Port Bickerton, NS.

Photos and Prints

Certain photographs from this project may be available for purchase as either Fine Art Prints or General Interest Prints.

One of the images from this essay, Five Fathom #1, was chosen for the 2010 Juried Exhibition at the Moncton Gallery.

A larger selection of images can be found in the Irish Lass galleries hosted on my Zenfolio website.


A small collection of images from the first two years of this project have been compiled into a short photo book titled Aboard the Irish Lass: Lobster Fishing in the Maritimes. A few copies are still available directly from me.

Grant - artsnb

Photos of the Andrea Lynn were taken during my time as 2015 Port Bickerton Lighthouse Artist-in-Residence. This residency was sponsored, in part, by a Career Development Grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb). The grant provided funding to cover subsistence and travel costs associated exclusively with the June 2015 residency. Neither this, nor any other artsnb grant, extends to the larger Aboard the Irish Lass personal documentary project.

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This activity is supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board. Cette activité est soutenue par le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick.

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