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The Ship’s Photographer and the LOVE BOAT – Rejects in the 1990s

The Ship’s Photographer and the LOVE BOAT – Rejects in the 1990s

Love Boat Rejects is a collection of pictures taken by Ian Hughes and his fellow photographers onboard American, Norwegian and Italian cruise-ships throughout the 1990s.

Working the decks was Ian’s first job when he left Art College in Merseyside, UK,  in 1989.

Welcome Aboard…

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Bon Voyage…

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First Sitting…

 

SS MARIPOSA, CRUISING, CRUISE HISTORY, RETRO, MID-CENTURY, MATSON LINES,THE LOVE BOAT. ses, carnival cruises, ship's photographer, cruise history, captain's cocktail party, passengers, the love boat, love boat, cruises, cruising, cruising the past, michael l grace, Ian Hughes, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Caribbean Cruises, Muir Vidler

Second Sitting…

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Going Ashore…

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About the Featured Image

Ship’s photographer Muir Vidler understood the pain:

Being a cruise ship photographer is like being a prisoner of war, but you have to wear a name badge and pretend to be happy. It is, of course, grindingly depressing…

  • Another weekly low point was the captain’s cocktail party. All the passengers would be herded past the captain for a handshake while I took a grip-and-grin photo of the momentous occasion. It was during one of these shoots that I took the first ever photo that I really liked…

I can’t remember how, but I had offended a cantankerous American passenger earlier in the cruise so when he came in for his free cocktail and handshake with the captain he gave me this moment of photo-gold:

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