• A.S.R. Nereus


    For the past six months I’ve been meandering around New England photographing prominent rowers for a coffee table book I’m honored and privileged to be a part of. World class athletes, Olympic gold medalists, and world record holders...a true elite gathering of rowers to celebrate the sport of crew by way of the storied rowing blazer. Although I can’t reveal any of the final photographs I’ve created until publication, I do feel it is some of my best portrait work to date. I do want to share these snapshots I captured of the Amsterdam Student Rowing Club Nereus while at the Head of the Charles Regatta this past fall. Their blazers were beautiful, with some wearing the sweat and tears by which they earned them literally on their sleeves. A couple of the jackets were at least 40 years old. The student rowing club was founded in 1885 and produces a substantial part of the of the national team as well as Olympic medal winning athletes.

    Photographed in Cambridge, MA

    Feb 27, 2012 | Permalink (13) Total Comments

    Richard left a comment on 7/3/2012 at 12:52 PM:

    There’s a Meander river in Turkey, Australia, Canada and Ireland, but not, I think, in New England ;-)

    Hunter left a comment on 3/16/2012 at 10:35 PM:

    I saw these guys at the Charles this year, great group of guys who seemed to be having a lot of fun at the races.

    @FEC any chance you got some pics for your book while at the Kent School last fall? They were the first American prep school to race at Henley Royal Regatta (an excellent place to photograph blazers, especially Abingdon’s which are pink and white striped).  Having a Kent School Boat Club (KSBC) blazer would be an excellent addition to the book.

    Kelsey left a comment on 3/7/2012 at 4:11 PM:

    Consider photographing the Williams College Crew - the women have won the last six national championships, three of the last four years at the Charles and also hold a Charles course record. A rustic boathouse, rural campus and plenty of stripes, blazers and loafers could make for a few nice shots.

    Nich left a comment on 3/2/2012 at 5:00 AM:

    FEC - Having rowed at university and afterwards, I positively love this picture. If you have the opportunity can I heartily recommend you attending HRR (Henley) in the UK. Having rowed here and attended many other years, it is truly a one of a kind event. I would posit you’d get loads of fantastic pictures and inspiration!

    Kasha left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 9:19 PM:

    The Dutch do Europreppy well, don’t they?  Always such fun socks.  Please get in touch if you do any rowing shots in Philly!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 10:11 AM:

    @Crimson—That was probably me…come say hello next time.

    Crimson left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 2:02 AM:

    A friend and I thought we spotted you in Cambridge with the Winklevi - can’t wait for the book!

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 1:30 AM:

    Really looking forward to this. Rowed at university.

    M Arthur left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 11:20 PM:

    Third guy from the right has got it going on.  Love the kicks!

    Stockto Andrews II left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 10:15 PM:

    That’s a terrific photo. Classic look.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 8:49 PM:

    @Al—No firm date yet as I am still currently shooting for it.

    @Jacob—Yes. Meandering, to take a winding course, is the verb that best conveys the experience I’m relating here.

    Al left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 8:38 PM:

    @FEC Any knowledge on when the book will go public?

    Jacob left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 7:51 PM:

    Are you sure ‘meandering’ is the accurate verb here, Fred?