Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Launches Where Land and Water Meet in virtual format

In an effort to bring the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum into more homes across the world, CBMM has launched a virtual version of its newest exhibition, Where Land and Water Meet: The Chesapeake Bay Photography of David W. Harp, at

Forty years of images by documentary photographer David W. Harp are on display now in CBMM’s Steamboat Building gallery. The accompanying virtual exhibition, which is presented to the public admission-free, features more than 20 images selected from Where Land and Water Meet, with more to be added to the site over time.

“We’re thrilled to have another opportunity to bring CBMM into your homes through this virtual exhibition,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Where Land and Water Meet is an incredible show featuring an exceptionally talented photographer, and it is very important to us to make his stunning works accessible to as many people as possible.”

Harp’s inspiration comes from exploring literal and figurative edges: shorelines, communities, habitats, and traditional worklife where culture and nature connect, creating the essence of what defines the Chesapeake. From dozens of black and white Tri-X film shots of legendary skipjacks including Rebecca T. Ruark and intimate portraits of captains and crew, to Kodachrome and Fujichrome images capturing marsh guts, waterfowl, and watermen at work, to more contemporary digital images documenting changing landscapes and lifestyles, Harp’s body of work represents a career spent immersed in the natural world, perfecting the art of observation.

“Dave Harp has a long and varied career, and his naturalist’s eye provides an unparalleled perspective on the interdependence of communities, land and water along the Chesapeake,” said Jenifer Dolde, Associate Curator of Collections. “His passion for the environment continually draws him to explore the Bay’s rivers, marshes and guts by kayak, on foot and by air, always revealing them in new ways.”

Where Land and Water Meet is presented thanks to the generous contributions of Diamond Sponsor Caroline Gabel; Platinum Sponsors Sandy & Omer Brown and H. Turney McKnight; Gold Sponsors Emma & Cullen Bailine and Finn & Jackson Falk, Bob Baugh, Meta & William Boyd, David M. Brown, Dorie & Jeff McGuiness, and The Bay Journal; Silver Sponsors Posey & Bill Boicourt and Susan Russell & William Thompson; and Bronze Sponsors Liz & Howard Freelander, and Marty & Al Sikes. Entry to the on-campus exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a CBMM member, visit

With the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in the background, crab dredgers work through a squall in the lower Bay. Photograph by David Harp, Kodachrome original, 1991.