Beside the Seaside
A Trawler in Wartime (Feeding the Gulls)
20.2 x 14 cms (7.94 x 5.50 ins)
This photograph is from a series Hardy shot for the Picture Post article "A Trawler in War-Time", for the issue of March 21, 1942 Vol.14 No.12.
The story covered trawlers fishing in the North Sea. Evidently the day Hardy and his team boarded the ship , the conditions were particularly brutal.
Recounting the adventure in Bert Hardy: My Life. (Gordon Fraser, 1985) Hardy writes: "The boat did everything but turn over. We slept at night in cupboards around the walls of the tiny little cabin, listening to the rats scruttling along the bulkheads above us."
This photograph is one of the few which the crew are not drenched from head to toe, and for which, as a result, Hardy was able to reveal his artistic vision during the shoot.
The story of this voyage is recounted in Bert Hardy: My Life. (Gordon Fraser, 1985), p48-49.
Copyright stamp on the back:
"Hulton Press LTD Picture Post Copyright"