Portfolio Naples April 2017 - Page 27

master, it is breathtaking, fascinating and it tells a visual story. And did I mention that it’s done at night? Matt and I clicked at once and the adven- tures began. It usually works like this; I find the leads through my pre-mentioned sources (one of whom is my brother Chris). We head out hours before nightfall to scout the vehicle with an ever-changing crew of assistants (Matt’s fellow photographers, lighting experts, historians, young glades-loving adventurers). We also usually bring our ‘source’ since some of these locations are far-in and hard to find. Oftentimes, there are others out there in the Everglades already. One, who we met early-on was a rough-hewn gladesman when we encountered him in the daylight. But by 8:00pm he had long-flowing hair, red nail polish on his fingernails and rode around on a bike with a decidedly high-pitched femi- nine voice. e diversity of the glades appears to be quite extensive. ere is also the looming possibility of those out there that we can’t see (and I am not talk- ing about ghosts). When you see signs like “Trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again,” it lends a certain additional gravit to the task at hand. A few weeks ago, Matt and I thought that we were going to die like Flannery O’Connor’s southern gothic characters in “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” If you haven’t read her short story, ‘some- what’ innocent folks end up dead at the end of a rural dirt road by the hands of somewhat un-innocent men. By our own ambitious track, this project calls for many, many more photographs before the final book is published. Despite that, al- PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 25