Unseen Chesapeake: Capturing the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes

  Chesapeake photographer Jay Fleming’s work will be featured in a new, temporary exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Unseen Chesapeake: Capturing the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes opens to the general public on Thursday, June 25, 2015. The exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general museum admission. The show continues through November 20, 2015.

  The Unseen Chesapeake features a selection of photographs from Fleming, all captured in or along the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and can be seen in the Van Lennep Auditorium of the museum’s Steamboat Building. The images document the Chesapeake’s seldom-seen animals, vistas, and traditions encountered by Fleming, from techniques like oyster nippering to a close-up look at a recent Bay newcomer, the pelican.

  “This exhibition celebrates a side of the Chesapeake most people don’t see,” said CBMM Director of Education Kate Livie. “Jay’s images depict a changing Chesapeake, full of incredible species most of us have never seen. They also tell the story of harvests and traditions— like turtling— that are foreign even to people that have lived in waterfront communities for decades. While most of us are focused on crab feasts or oyster roasts, Jay’s out there in the Bay’s farthest reaches, capturing experiences we never dreamed were possible in our watershed.”