Providing a lifeline of welfare and support to fishermen and their families

Following the huge success of Salt of the Earth, about the fishing community in Newlyn which raised £40K or so in 2014. Julian Waring (Fundraising Manager for the Fishermen’s Mission in the South West) wanted to repeat the idea in different ports. Moving North to Newquay, Padstow, Rock and Port Isaac this project would be similar to but not slavishly like the Newlyn book.

Photography was done on location, at harbours and in boats in a range of weather conditions. The backgrounds giving as much as the individuals: fish cellars in Port Isaac on a miserable wet March day, Newquay harbour portraying a challenge to the surfing stereotype and shots of individuals as working pictures rather than studio portraits. Individuals talking or laughing together, relaxed, human and varied, straight down the lens and comfortable. Some are magnificently creative, some bleak, others raise a smile. Chris’s photographs tell a story alone, all in black and white.

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About Us

  • Our fishermen face danger, difficulty and poverty on a daily basis. However thanks to the Fishermen’s Mission, they’re not alone. When times are tough, we care for our active and retired fishermen in the most practical of ways – and have done so for over 130 years.
  • As the only national charity that works solely with fishermen and their families, the Fishermen’s Mission (formerly known as Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen – RNMDSF) offers financial, pastoral and spiritual support as well as a vital emergency response service.
  • We help fishermen who have been in an accident, are taken ill, face poverty, are bereaved or simply need someone to talk to. If you’re a fisherman and you need our help, please visit our Find my nearest page and get in touch. With your help, we can continue to care
  • Fishing remains the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK; that’s why fishermen need our support 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This support comes at a cost but with your help, we can continue to provide this lifeline effectively.
  • The Fishermen’s Mission depends upon gifts and legacy giving; we don’t receive government funding or lottery money. So if you’d like to help the many fishermen facing hardships, please donate today.