** OGTV commemorates National Go Fishing Day with this story about a commercial fisherman from Maine who also offers a dramatic and colorful perspective of his days at sea from behind the lens. **
For Joel Woods, fishing and photography are the perfect pair. Joel uses photography to highlight his daily trips at sea as a peephole into the art of fishing.
By taking photographs of his crew and all they encountered out on the water, Joel felt he was giving his role of fisherman some relevance His images range from what's being caught, the process of catching these sea creatures, the sun sets, the splashing of waves and much more. He strives to create some insight about the beauty of fishing despite the tediousness and repetitiveness of it.
Joel expresses how gratifying it feels to show another fisherman what he has been doing his whole life in a whole new perspective. "It sounds so cliche to say stop and smell the roses," he explains. "If you just stop and look, just look at the rose, you don't have to smell it, you just have to open your eyes. Life is what you make of it."
Being able to stop for a moment and appreciate your occupation by seeing the artistry that comes along with the hard work is amazing within itself. Joel's photography allowed him to view the world differently and continue to find the excitement of his fisherman work regardless of the long hours and monotonous feeling he may get from time to time.
The results, I'm sure you'll agree, are simply breathtaking and will help you look at your own workday in a whole new way!
This OnlyGood TV original video was produced and edited by Lucia Nazzaro and Heather Holloway.
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