The bustling Port of Savannah, Georgia, sixteen miles up the Savannah River from the Atlantic, provides a uniquely panoramic view of shipping and industry along the riverfront. Huge container ships pass within a hundred yards of the city's historic port area with its restaurants and shops as they head upriver to the modern port facilities. Photographing the wide variety of ships passing through the city provides a dynamic visual experience, but the real adventure is photographing from a boat on the river. The focus of this ongoing project is continually changing, much like the Port of Savannah itself. This study is not a complete documentation of the port area, but rather what has caught my interest or was accessible at the time.
John Van Horn is a writer and photographer living in South Carolina and Pennsylvania, which affords him a wide variety of subject material. The Tucson Phantom, a historical murder mystery, was published in 2016. He is presently working on his next novel, expected to be published this year. The Port of Savannah is his fourth photo study. Several more are currently in progress.