Sunday, November 11, 2007

Waiting for my Squid to come in....


It's obvious that I have neglected my blog this past week. I've been way too busy. I've had a case of the blues as well and here is where this little image comes in. So I was feeling sorry for myself one night and feeling particularly sluggish. When I feel like "rotting" my brain on some TV for extended hours at night I usually turn on the science channel as I frequently get inspiration for images from their shows. One thing I really like about the science channel is that if they are showing a repeat program and there have been developements as of late on the subject material, they will tack them on towards the end and constantly update the show. Anyways, I made a woodblock print some months back of a giant squid that I had watched a program about. That show happened to be on last night. A japanese squid scientist (I can't remember his name!!) had studied many corpses of giant squid that had washed up along the shore or were retrieved in fisherman's nets. A real breakthrough in his profession would come if he could snap an image of a live giant squid in its own habitat. He rigged up a deep sea camera and got a very patient fisherman to take him out to sea and drop this camera once or twice a week. This research went on for TWO YEARS with no results until this summer when he finally DID snap a photo of a giant squid taking the bait. Of course, this caused a sensation but true to human nature someone immediately piped up and said that a video would have been much better. Give them an inch and they take a mile. Did Mr. Japanese Squid Scientist give up and curse his fellows for looking a gift horse in the mouth? No, he took the time to rig up an underwater video camera and set out with his trusty fisherman. He also had a camera man to film the maiden voyage and it was a good thing he did. No sooner had he sunk the camera with the bouy when he turned and on the other side of the boat floated a 24 foot long female giant squid. The camera man got footage of her gurggling and splashing water out of her mantle as her tentacles drifted and writhed about! This footage the Science Channel tacked on to the end of the program and it was a nice reward because I think Mr. Japanese Squid Scientist had worked so hard for it. I got to thinking and here lately it feels like I make a lot of effort with little headway in my career. Some people wait for their ship to come in but I feel that opportunity and life can pass you by if you don't get out and work for it. Mr. Japanese Squid Scientist got out with Mr. Generous Fisherman and dropped bait for TWO YEARS until they got any results and then just a few months after the photo, Ms. Squid just swims right up to the boat to say hello. So, what I'm really doing is waiting for my squid to come in and that's when I came up with this drawing!

1 comment:

Annette Haines said...

Great image. I love the expression on the squid's face!