Working the Water book celebrates Shore life

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ANNAPOLIS — Jay Fleming’s first book, “Working the Water,” is a visual narrative of the lives of those individuals whose livelihood is directly dependent upon the Chesapeake Bay — America’s largest estuary. The book comprises photographs of seasoned watermen, scenic seascapes, weathered workboats and bay bounty — a true and complete depiction of Chesapeake Bay life. Equal parts informative and aesthetically pleasing, Jay’s flagship book, “Working the Water,” is relevant to the seafood enthusiast, the history buff, the biologist, photography fan, and Chesapeake Bay lover alike.

Mr. Fleming is a local photographer located in Annapolis, and has spent the past three years documenting the fascinating and rapidly changing way of life of those who make their living off of the Bay’s resources. Mr. Fleming has traveled thousands of miles around the Bay’s watershed and photographed hundreds of individuals and dozens of fisheries with the goal of documenting all aspects of the Bay-influenced industries. The result is a stunning collection of images and a story celebrating life and a living being made on the water.

“The people that catch our fish are often forgotten about in the farm to table narratives. Jay Fleming does a masterful job of not only telling the story of these hardworking people, but also using breathtaking imagery to do it. Jay shows a side of the industry that few ever see in a way that makes you truly appreciate what it takes to get that seafood to your plate,” says restauranteur Brian Voltaggio, in reviewing the book.

Working the Water is available in Eastern Shore bookstores everywhere and online at

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