Tall Ships

It’s near impossible for me not to be uncontrollably giddy and gushy about my photography experiences onboard Tall Ships, specifically, Star Clippers.

Even the most resplendent adjectives fall woefully short of my actual, firsthand experiences- imposing, memorable, awe-inspiring, striking, impressive, luxurious, stately, distinctive, arresting.

There are few commercial clients and projects, over the years, that have had the sentimental and romantic staying power, that these Tall Ships have had on, in, and over me.

Even today, in my mind’s eye, I can still feel the salt spray coming off the bowsprit, see the sunrise, peeking up over the horizon, ushering in a new day, feel the gentle gust of wind from the Crow’s nest, hear the waves splash and dash against the sides of this mighty Tall Ship, smell the aroma of fresh-cooked fish from the galley.

Tall ships are a grand alternative to traditional cruising.

Once you hit the high seas, in a Tall Ship, you will never be the same again.

Photographically, as you might imagine, these Tall Ships are spectacularly beautiful, lyrical, poetic, magnificent, in every detail and nuance.

Shooting on board is as enthralling and enchanting as shooting onshore.

For me, having logged-in thousands of nautical miles, on over a dozen Tall Ship itineraries, in different ports-of-call, all over the world, I can unequivocally say, that in addition to my photography efforts, the experience, from beginning to end was, unexplainably remedial and therapeutic. It was deeply moving and soulful.

I disembarked a different person than when I embarked.

It’s that transformative. Really.

My sacred time on the open seas was like I was home like I belonged on the water. It’s hard to explain but it’s like you are never in a hurry to get anywhere because you are already everywhere. You simply enjoy the moments of sailing and being in the oceans deep. You are in harmony with nature and yourself.



Jack Hollingsworth