It has now been one week since I left Rostock, Germany and started working on a boat. Ok not just a boat but a gigantic Aida cruise ship and to be honest it feels a lot lot longer than I week since I started working.The ship will be on a constant route in the Baltic Sea for the next four months each trip lasting one week. That means every week I will visit the same city. So if I have any time off I’ll go see the city and it’ll basically be one gigantic city trip with interruptions. But still, there aren’t that many jobs were you just casually get to experience such cool places during lunch break.
The route starts in Rostock where I’ll be shooting the passengers boarding the ship and again later when the ship is leaving port. Following is a day at sea which is mostly spend working in the shop or shooting at restaurants and parties. The first stop then is Tallinn in Estonia. A truly beautiful city with an awesome old town center. Fortunately I just shot the people leaving the ship at the gangway which meant I had the afternoon off to explore the city on my own. Then we go to St. Petersburg but I can’t really tell anything about it yet. As it is Russia I’m not allowed to leave to ship on my own without a visa, I can only go as part of an excursion. But I return every week so no worries there. The third stop is in Helsinki, Finnland, once again a great city. Here I got to see the city as part of an excursion where I tagged along to take pictures of passengers. That was ok but I can’t wait to go out there on my own. The final stop before a last day on sea is Stockholm. Fortunately I once again had the afternoon off so I could take a short walk through the beautiful old town of the Swedish capital.
Although I’m officially working here as a photographer my actual work has very little to do with photography. Mostly I’m working in service and explain to passengers how the whole system of the job work. Other times I actually do hold a camera but still it’s not photography, I’m harassing people while they eat or just leave the ship to get uninspired straight on shots of the people and nothing but the people. Quite the change for me as I’m used to interact a bit more with my subjects beforehand and then of course I shot wide to show them interacting with their environment. The only fun and photography part are the shooting were you have short portrait sessions in different parts of the ship or in a studio. At least here you can get creative and have the time to work with your subject.
I can’t really come to a conclusion wether or not I like this job after just one week. It has its fun parts and its crap parts. Living and working on a ship is great especially with all of my nice colleagues, they really helped me out a lot. Then again German tourist are a really though clientele to work with. Anyways that just a short update and a few pictures to let everyone know I’m still alive. I guess some more info on my live onboard and thought on the job will definitely follow soon.