I recently asked Jay Fleming a local photographer from Annapolis to be in my Artisan Portraits film series. The series focuses on artists and tells their story of why and how they create. Jay’s work specialized on capturing life on the Chesapeake Bay.
He asked me to meet him down at Smith Island, which is a series of islands at one of the most southern points in Maryland. Smith Island is Maryland’s only inhabited Chesapeake Bay Island that is unattached to the mainland by bridge. The island was first mapped by Captain John Smith in 1608, and people have lived and worked on the island for over 200 years.
It’s a 45 minute ferry ride out to the island. Once you arrive, there are three small islands that are inhabited. Jay originally visited these set of islands to photography a unique group of pelicans that nest very close to the islands. By continuing to photograph the Chesapeake Bay he started making more visits to the islands and started not only documenting the wildlife but also the people who called Smith Island home.