A hobby sugar camp in Southeastern New Brunswick
One of my photography students owns a small maple sugar camp in rural southeastern New Brunswick, and he invited me out to see his operation. Dennis' family has been making maple syrup and other maple products for several decades on land in and around his family's former farm. I happened to be looking for a new personal project, something that could occupy my time between the end of university sports and the start of lobster season (see Aboard the Irish Lass). A new self-assignment documenting his maple syrup operations sounded interesting. It also fits in with the same "traditional occupations" theme as the lobster fishing.
I first visited Dennis' camp on the 21st of March 2014, when he began tapping the trees. I returned a few times that season to document various aspects of the work, from gathering the sap to boiling it to make syrup.