The Great Leveller

“The sea is a great leveller.” Mike Travis, Watchleader

In April 2018 I had the fortune of being able to sail upon a tallship called The Lord Nelson as part of the Jubilee Sailing Trust from the Azores to Southampton. A journey of over one thousand miles sailing, with over two weeks without land. The Jubilee Sailing Trust is a disability charity, promoting integration through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing. Their two tallships can accommodate many types of disabilities from wheelchair users to the blind. With this comes a huge range of people from different backgrounds with different abilities and different ages, coming together in this melting pot of a ship.
I loved it.
My experience was incredible and throughout my adventure I decided to try and capture what it was that made this charity so special and the people revolving around it. Below are a few of the many photographs I was able to document and process, which developed into designing a publication for the charity and for a few of the crew members so I could share how I felt and what I saw.

My watchleader Mike said ‘the sea is a great leveller’, but I believe it is also the work of the JST and our Nellie herself.

The series of photographs below are scans from darkroom prints I have made from the 35mm film
I hand processed.


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