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I like this postcard because it reminds me of home. I identify with the photographer, who grew up in Maine in the same town that I did and studied painting and drawing at the Boston School for Practical Art. Ruohomaa worked briefly as an animator for Disney in Los Angeles before becoming a photographer and drinking himself to death at the age of 48. Before this image was reproduced as a postcard it appeared as an illustration in a National Geographic article. I spent a winter living on this island and working on one of these boats as a sternman. It was an incredibly repetitive and monotonous job most of the time, but the scenery wasn’t bad. There were certain moments during hauling when we were working so quickly and smoothly it became almost like a dance. I get a kick out of knowing that at one point I was on a similar boat within 500 yards of where this picture was taken. Last time I went back to the island I ran into my old captain at the town dock. When I told him I was moving to Los Angeles he looked at me like I was crazy.
Peter Holzhauer, Photographer