Born from Drew’s longtime passion for the sport, Sail: Majesty at Sea is an intimate look into the world of two iconic and revered racing sailboat classes and their enduring heritage, beauty and power as they navigate the open ocean.
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When I think of my childhood and what brought me joy, I think of being on the water. For me, sailing was a unifying experience: it brought me together with the ocean, but also with people that I loved. My brother and I grew up visiting the Annapolis boat show and nothing filled us with a sense of wonder and awe quite like the massive boats on display there. As kids, it didn’t get better than the sense of satisfaction and independence that we would get as we flew across the Chesapeake Bay on the verge of capsizing our 14-foot Hobie Cat.
Over the years, I’ve learned that sailing is full of contrasts. It can calm us yet invigorate us; relieve stress yet release adrenaline; create a sense of freedom yet remind us of nature’s awesome force. These contrasts inspired me as an artist to return to the world of sailing. The meticulous engineering of world-class sailboats against the free forms of the open water and wind create a pairing too beautiful to ignore. In hopes of preserving and promoting the sport’s legacy, I sought to capture the aspects of sailing that were so important to my life personally and as a photographer.
To achieve these goals, I photographed two boat classes that stand out among the rest. Built as early as 1905, the J-Class and 12-Meters have rich histories. They have long raced in the Olympics and the oldest international sporting race in the world, America’s Cup. In a harbor full of boats, these classes are magnetic and tower over others, demanding your attention. The result of careful calculation and engineering, their simple design ensures their enduring beauty, power and speed; and it was this combination of heritage, scale, and elegance that inspired me to choose these classes. They are the perfect intersection of form and function.
In this collection, I chose to focus on aspects of the boats’ beauty that have been most important to me throughout my career as an artist. My experiences with some of the world’s pre-eminent fashion photographers influenced my perspective of the sexy, sleek design of both classes. Depending on my vantage point—from above, aboard, or beside—different aspects of the boats took shape. To match the timeless design of each class, I’ve avoided details that place them in time. Instead, I’ve focused on the most striking, structural, and sometimes abstract elements of their form. Some images emphasize the boats’ relationship with the ocean, others hone in on contrasting textures.
While editing the images for this collection, I realized that this journey ended in much the same way as it began: with a respect, admiration, and love for the sport of sailing. It is hard to match the experience of one’s best childhood memories, but these boats allowed me to taste those same feelings of joy once more. I hope that these images rekindle your love of the sport or, if you are a novice, inspire you to enter the world of sailing and experience the majesty of the open ocean.