Compliments for fishing

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Over at Black Island we’re adapting Paul Watkins’ brilliant thriller The Story of My Disappearance, which is set in the Rhode Island trawler community, so the past few months have involved reading and looking at a lot of books and images of fishing. The photograph above is by Corey Arnold, a professional fisherman and photographer whose work gives a stronger sense of life at sea than anything I’ve seen since reading Redmond O’Hanlon’s magnificent Trawler, a book whose prose can actually make you seasick (and I mean that as a compliment) and Paul’s own Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn. Meanwhile, the picture below, Miyamoto Musashi kills a great whale, was painted in 1847 by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and you can see it at the Royal Academy of Arts 21st March – 7th June.

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