Ever since the dawn of mankind, we've been fascinated with the open water. Crossing oceans, seas, lakes, rivers and streams have lead to us discovering more of our world. Traveling by water must have been a terrifying prospect hundreds of years ago, but it doesn't seem nearly as scary these days. We've mapped out our planet and have tools that help us navigate. We can even radio for help should you need it when in the open waters. Heck, people use water travel as leisure these days. Taking a cruise is a relaxing vacation. Eons ago, the idea of spending days and weeks at sea meant realizing you may not survive to see dry land again. We take it for granted, though we shouldn't. As you'll soon see, the waters are never to be underestimated.
This is Haig Gilchrist. He works on the crew of the Manly ferry boats in Sydney, Australia. Besides his pay, his job has some pretty great perks. However, he is paid so well not only because he's great at what he does, but because it can be a truly harrowing profession that many would never want to partake in. After you see some of these photos, you'll question whether you'd even like to step foot on a boat again, much less be the captain or part of the crew.
Besides working on the ferry, Haig is also an amateur photographer. He's pretty good at it, and his job helps him capture some truly unique images. When he's not on the job, he often takes pictures from the boat. And fortunately for us, he then posts them on his Instagram.
In March 2017, Haig was working aboard the ferry boat, Freshwater. And as usual, he was taking pictures and posting them online. But on this day, it wouldn't be a simple boat ride. Haig was catalogued the events of the day in his spectacular photos.
And here's another photo Haig took during the East Coast Low. It definitely wasn't the safest time to be in the water. In particular, the boat in the back looks like it was severely affected by the storm.
The East Coast Low looks like it was an incredibly scary thing to experience. Of course, the fact that he was able to post the photos was proof that the boat and its passengers were okay. But still, just imagine being on this boat when this occurred.
The scary wave of an East Coast Low is just one of the things Haig gets to photograph from the ferry. On a less scary note, he also gets to take pictures like this one. So it probably evens out... maybe.
After his pics started making headlines, his employer released a statement on their star photographer. "From brilliant sunsets to storms moving in over the water," they said, "his photography provides many beautiful images of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Manly Ferry service."
His employer also mentioned that Haig can take such amazing photos because he has employee-only access to certain spots on the boat. So passengers "shouldn't count on snapping their own stormy weather shots like Mr Gilchrist's - the ferries' safety protocols include passengers' requirement to travel inside the ferry with closed doors during the occasional heightened stormy conditions."
From his spot on the ferry, Haig gets to enjoy an amazing view. He gets an up-close look at the ocean, the other ships, and Australia's eastern coast. All in all, it's not a bad gig. But still... don't think I'll be taking a ferry trip any time soon.