This series was produced during the final days of the last original remaining fishing and hunting encampment along the Hudson River in New York State. The so-called Furgary Boat Club was a shantytown in existence for over a century before local government officials decided to take possession and evict all the squatters who had been using the shacks for generations. This motley collection of ramshackle structures served as the nucleus of their community, where the men would gather to hunt, fish and carouse while their families congregated on the makeshift docks and picnic tables for shared meals of fresh game and the day's catch. The keys to these shacks would be passed down between family members and close friends, ensuring the tight-knit continuity of this longstanding enclave.
My interest in cultural displacement, memory and its residue led me to this community to witness the end of their private world as they knew it.
My intention was not to simply document this place, these people and this sad moment. This project is also suggestive of my ongoing preoccupation with fading masculinity. It is an amalgam of documentary and personal inquiry. What began as a story about the passing of a way of life ends up hinting at my own abstract cogitations as a man drifting swiftly through middle age.