Intrepid, a photographer with whom we connected during the depth of the 690-day bear market has a very inspiring story & has kept us inspired ever since.

Intrepid Photos | Robert Downie Photography
World class adventure travel photographer Robert Downie, has received millions of photo views across social media, been published by high quality publication houses including National Geographic and Lonely Planet, published by high quality traditional houses including National Geographic and Lonely Planet, and exhibited in galleries around the world.

During the pandemic, we weren't the only souls adrift at sea. As nations closed their doors, the horizon was dotted with the spectral presence of ghost ships - immense cargo carriers, tankers, and cruise liners. They floated aimlessly in international waters or remained anchored at a distance from harbors; some were manned by bare-minimum crews while others echoed a chilling emptiness.

The pandemic-induced lockdowns, shuttered ports, and dwindling demand for goods and fuel forced these vessels into an unforeseen standstill. They became trapped, either by customs and quarantine protocols or by economic constraints. The cruise ships were especially haunting. These massive vessels, once filled with hedonistic entertainment, morphed into somber monoliths reflecting the pandemic's stranglehold. Shores denying them entry, they transformed into desolate islands, marooned for months on end.

The tales of ghost ships gained media attention. Stranded at sea, often without wages, fresh provisions, or a way home, their massive size spotlighted the human cost in a manner that small vessels like ours could never capture. Sadly, this proved too much for many. I will never take for granted that we were able to keep our sanity in the two years we spent stranded. Life is fragile. The line between sanity and madness is a fine one.

When they finally returned to home ports, these ghost ships even became some kind of macabre tourist attraction for stir-crazy landlocked people in the pandemic. 'Ghost Ship' is the seventh mint into my Intrepid Ocean series up on Foundation. 'Ghost Ship' was taken flying my drone from our boat while way out to sea in the very early stages of the initial outbreak.

Ghost Ship | Foundation
During the pandemic, we weren’t the only souls adrift at sea. As nations closed their doors, the horizon was dotted with the spectral presence of ghost ships - …
"This series is an attempt by myself to process, both visually and through discussion, our experiences stranded at sea for two years in the pandemic. The 🧡 on X has now 180k + views." - @intrepid_p
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