Boo Powley, pound net fisherman

Boo Powley catches fish by using pound nets, a method that goes back hundreds, even thousands, of years. He lives on Hoopers Island in Chesapeake Bay, an island threatened by the rising sea level, and his livelihood is threatened by the loss of the fishing resource and by increasingly tough regulations.

Post taken directly off the internet from Dave Harp online.


A lifelong Marylander, Dave Harp operates a corporate and editorial photography business in Cambridge, MD. He is a 1969 graduate of Ohio University, with a degree in English literature. He served as the staff photographer for the Hagerstown Morning Herald and was the photographer for The Baltimore Sun Magazine for nearly a decade before establishing his own business in 1990.

Mr. Harp’s magazine work has taken him from the coast of Normandy for a story on the 40th anniversary of D-Day to western Australia for coverage of the America’s Cup and to the tropical rain forests of Panama for magazine and corporate photography. His magazine credits include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Audubon, Sierra, Natural History, Islands, Travel Holiday, and Coastal Living Magazine. He has produced annual reports for multi-national and regional companies such as EDS Corporation and Carefirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland.

He teamed up with environmental writer Tom Horton for the children’s book, Swanfall, published by Walker and Company in 1991. A second edition will be published by the Ward Foundation at the end of 2011. His book, Water’s Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, a book of photographs with essays by Mr. Horton, was published by Elliott and Clark in 1992 and released as a paperback by The Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2000. He then produced a book of photographs – also with essays by Tom Horton – about journeys by canoe, kayak, and skiff into a Chesapeake Bay wetland and about the variety of life encountered there. Called The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, it was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2002. His latest collaboration with Horton is The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River (Johns Hopkins University Press 2008). An exhibit of his photographs and audio visual shows depicting the Chesapeake Bay islands that will be affected by climate change opened at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in 2010. He has produced the photographs for two cookbooks, Coastal Cooking with John Shields (2004) and Great Menus: Seasonal Recipes for Entertaining by Patsy Lewis Mote (2011).

He was awarded the Andrew White Medal by Loyola College for his Chesapeake Bay photography in 2004, is a past president of the American Society of Media Photographers, and was appointed by Governor O’Malley to the Maryland State Arts Council. Mr. Harp can be reached through his web sites,

David Harp Photography/Chesapeake Photos
309 Glenburn Avenue
Cambridge, MD 21613 410-901-1300

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~ by kbosin on June 5, 2013.

9 Responses to “Boo Powley, pound net fisherman”

  1. So have you been introduced to Mr. Harp? Because that’s a must.

  2. Nice video. Unfortunately, folks like Boo are the last of a breed.
    BTW, Dave is buds with Rona Kobell.

  3. I would love to read an interview of yours with Dave Harp. Hope you can do one! I enjoy his photography.

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