CUTLINE: On Jan. 22, 2011, around 1 p.m. Scott Craig, 36, an avid fisherman from North Augusta, S.C. left to fish on Lake Thurmond.

According to his mother, Terri Craig, the waters were choppy from a storm front and Scott’s friends canceled plans to be with him that day. However, he ventured out alone and presumably, without wearing a life vest, vanished.

His boat and tackle washed ashore hours later.

His body is still missing.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources still searches for an hour in the morning and evening, Terri said. Some locals have even donated their time in the search.

A week later, at the visitor’s center, near the site where his boat washed ashore, a vigil was held in honor of his life, to receive answers, offer prayers, express mourning and gain resolve.

Here, friends and family reflect on the life of Scott Craig near the water’s edge after throwing in carnations in his honor Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake Visitor’s Center. Close to 200 individuals paid their respects to the life of Scott Craig.

THOUGHTS: *Tangent* A year ago I moved to the south to Augusta, Ga. I took a new job with The Augusta Chronicle. And yes, for a whole friggin’ year I neglected my blog. For that, to all five of you who follow my blog, I’m sorry. Rest assured, as my new year’s resolution, that neglect will be no longer.

Before leaving New England I only posted a few entries before neglecting my beautiful blog, who was modified by the great M. Scott Brauer, by the way. But alas, I’m here. I’m back. I’m sorry for the neglect. I feel like an over-compensating parent trying to curry the favor on a neglected child but I’m back. I’m back. I’m back. I’m back on the blog wagon.

Vigils are never easy. And each one is unique. Fortunately, this one had some cool people who didn’t mind sharing their insight about Scott. I had time on this particular Saturday so I stuck around until dusk.

It was a two hour wait.

My patients paid off.

Despite documenting all the tears, and wanting to tear up a little myself, it’s always reminds me how fragile life is and how we should never take it for granted. I think because, I cover death frequently as a photojournalist, I’m more prepared and know what to expect, heaven forbid, when the worst strikes in my life one day.

At the end I waited for the perfect balance of that beautiful gradient of orange to blue kelvin scale in the sky, coupled with the orange illuminated faces and viola!

Also if you want to see more from this take, there are nine other frames on my page.

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Camera data: 35mm, f/2, ISO 1600, 1/30 second
Date Taken: 29-Jan-2011 23:31:54

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