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Tim Barnwell To Discuss 'Tide Runners' At Library


Last updated 3/9/2020 at 12:08pm

The 2020 Bag Lunch Arts Series continues in March with “Tide Runners: Exploring the Life of Shrimpers & Fishermen” presented by photographer and author Tim Barnwell. The program begins at noon on Tuesday, March 17, in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Libra-ry and is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Photographer Barn-well, author of seven books on our area, returns to the library for a presentation about his latest title, “Tide Runners: Shrimping and Fishing on the Carolinas and Georgia Coast.” Best known for his touching and evocative images of Appalachia and popular guidebooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, here he turns his keen eye and documentary talents to focus on the shrimping and fishing industries of the southeastern coast.

This nine-year exploration took him to the Outer Banks and seaside towns of North Carolina and to dozens of seaboard locations in South Carolina and Georgia where he met, photographed and interviewed folks for this project. From before sunrise until after dark these men and women work, in all types of weather, through the seasons. Bound by the rhythms of the tides, they struggle to support themselves and their families while confronting financial hardship, market forces beyond their control, mechanical failures and long hours under difficult and dangerous working conditions.

Over numerous trips to the area, Barnwell visited dozens of small commun-ities, going out on a variety of shrimping and fishing boats, spending time getting to know the boat captains, strikers on the back of the trawlers, dock workers, food processors and restaurant employees.

Barnwell will show-case his beautiful color portrait and landscape photographs, share stories gleaned from the oral history interviews he conducted with his subjects where they describe their work routines and daily activities, and share his experiences carrying out this project with the audience.

Barnwell is a photographer and author based in Asheville, and is one of the most published photographers in the South. He has contributed to dozens of books and is the author of seven of his own-“The Face of Appalachia,” “On Earth’s Furrowed Brow,” “Hands in Harmony,” “Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas,” “Great Smoky Mountains Vistas,” “Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley,” and “Tide Runners.” His images have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Outdoor Photographer, Sky and Telescope, Billboard, Travel South, Smithsonian, Our State, Astronomy, and National Parks.

The Bag Lunch Arts Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Transylvania County Library. Proceeds from Friends’ memberships and from second story book store sales help pay for all of the programming at the library. There is never a charge to attend programs and the public is invited to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy during this presentation. Refreshments for Bag Lunch are provided by the Friends and include cookies and coffee from Blue Ridge Bakery. For more information, call the Transylvania County Library at 884-3151.


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