Owensboro native Rush Jagoe is excited to be expanding his work through narrative photography. Not only has his job taken him halfway around the world, but it has afforded him opportunities to be a part of projects that are important to him.
This week, a short film was released about his creative partner in boat building, sailing and nature photography. The film features photographer Ben Depp and Jagoe on a sailing/documentary trip.
The film first premiered with four other short films about people working in coastal Louisiana to a sold-out audience at the New Orleans Film Festival last year.
“When they asked me to be part of the documentary it was because they needed me in order to capture Ben sailing to the barrier islands, which we have been learning to do together in order to document the natural wonders and human impact on the Gulf of Mexico,” Jagoe said.
The short documentary titled “On a Wing and A Prayer,” focuses on Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands, a topic that Jagoe is passionate about. The Owensboro native has lived in New Orleans since 2008.
“I’m happy that I don’t come across as too serious in the film. Because I think we are doing very serious work documenting these places as they disappear. And it’s important to remind people to find joy in all kinds of experiences in life. In part that’s what this work is to me, a way to cope with the profound sadness of losing a place I’ve grown to love deeply but doing so in a way that feels genuine and exciting,” Jagoe said.
Jagoe was honored to be a part of this project, saying few things seem more exciting to him right now than building a boat from wood and sailing it in order to do his work.
To view the short documentary, visit here.