Ghost of the KK River

Ghost of the KK River
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In 2008, I shot a photo of an abandoned tug boat in the KK River in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tugboat, named Edward E. Gillen had sat for almost 50 years from the night I took the photo and has since been removed. I came across this photo recently, I have always seen this as one of my favorite photos, not only because of the subject matter, but the night was memorable… the tug was sunk in mud and getting the shot, the way I wanted and with the lens I was using, required me to get up close and personal. The problem with this, was that like I said, it was sunk in mud, which meant I needed to get into the mud and not only that, it was cold… I got closer and closer and the closer I got, I sank further in to the freezing water and mud. I eventually found my spot and I. was up to my knees in the freezing mud and now I had to take a long exposure shot and move around in the mud to light the boat evenly in under 30 seconds… I can say that it was a challenge, I lost one shoe in the mud (eventually recovered) and finally got the shot. After shooting the Gillen, I did research and learned the story behind her. I searched and found photos of her while in service. I decided recently that I would attempt to put her back in the water using my photo and other photos and information available. This video is the result of that journey. the following are the links used in the creation of this video, many thanks to those who helped out either directly or indirectly. After finishing this video, I decided my path with photography and that is rebuilding and presenting the past.Original shot taken in 2008, Tug Edward E Gillen: The following is a report written by Mark Dudzik of the Department of Natural Resources of Wisconsin: Photo hosted by UWM which was used as reference to recreate the majority of the Tug: Thanks to Ben Dransfield for the music: