I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
~ John Masefield, ‘Sea Fever’
Like the speaker in John Masefield’s famous poem, Eugene Rutter (pictured above) has found the “call of the running tide” impossible to resist. This native of Fraserburgh, a fishing town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, went to sea at the age of 16. All told, he has spent 54 years working on boats, 40 of them as a skipper.
The sea, however, is not Rutter’s only passion. He took up photography six years ago and has been clicking away ever since. “My idea of photography,” he says, “is that it lets you see things differently and makes you notice things you wouldn’t otherwise.” This honest, no-frills approach to the art, coupled with a genuine love for the nautical life, gives his sea-themed photographs a certain kind of freshness and poetic charm.