Featured post

Contemporary Narratives - Photography: A Short Guide to History, Theory, and Practice: Online Course Starting April 27th 2022

  Sign up to my new series of talks on Contemporary Narratives - Photography: A Short Guide to History, Theory, and Practice .  Starts on Ap...

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Carpe Carpo: The Culture of Carp Photography

The Miracles of the Internet. So yesterday I posted something about carp photography and a brilliant picture of a man holding a carp underwater (which was on the cover of a magazine that I saw in Morrisons).

I put it on Facebook and next thing you know Steven Phillips  has sent me the picture and named the man in the picture. It's  Lee Merritt.

Then Klaus Pichler sent me a link to the Carponizer Carp Calendar.

placeholder title

This erotic carp calendar is a real thing you can buy

The top picture is from this year's edition and the woman is clearly holding the carp more convincingly than in earlier editions.

Steven Philips also sent a picture of himself holding a carp - but, as he admitted himself, he has some way to go. Technique matters, even in Carp Photography. Which is really interesting and perhaps one of the best examples of Failure in Photography I have seen.

Next, Karl Raven pointed out the prevalence of men holding fish (including carp) on dating sites like Tineder.

And linked in to an article in the Guardian, Best fish for hook ups. which found that in the US:

'A recent study in Florida by angling app Fishbrain (“where fishing gets personal”) revealed that more than a fifth of men aged between 18 and 35 are holding a fish in their Tinder profile picture.'

Forget the Lizard Brain, go back a bit further and it's the fishbrain that matters.

Hester Keijser posted this and Sophie Boursat tells us that in Japan  'the good fortune power attributed to carps and the  phallus, is congruent to a happy sexual life.'

The octopus meanwhile is a sybol of prosperity.

Ania Nalecka linked to this book, Fishing with John


Here's part of the statement, which I'm not entirely convinced by, but maybe the whole book is needed for that.

'Zamojski makes conscious use of the power of the word ‘research’ in the contemporary world and plays with the freedom we attain as a result of observing the outwardly rigorous rules of academe. He perversely mocks political correctness and he involves world authorities in his meta-story.'


Carp Photogram by Ivars Gravlejs

And here's Kenneth Josephstone (thank you Stefan Vanthuyne) 

And some thoughts (also via Stephan) on fishing from Stephen Shore,and  his statement in the original Uncommon Places book (1982): 

'The trout streams where I flyfish are cold and clear and rich in the minerals that promote the growth of stream life. As I wade a stream I think wordlessly of where to cast the fly. Sometimes a difference of inches is the difference between catching a fish and not. When the fly I've cast is on the water my attention is riveted to it. I've found through experience that whenever--or so it seems--my attention wanders or I look away then surely a fish will rise to the fly and I will be too late setting the hook. I watch the fly calmly and attentively so that when the fish strikes--I strike. Then the line tightens, the playing of the fish begins, and time stands still. Fishing, like photography, is an art that calls forth intelligence, concentration, and delicacy.'

Also from Stefan - see below.

And if you haven't got enough fish in the picture, throw another one in for good luck by Alex Bochetto

And Snow Carp from Alejandro Acin

More carp here courtesy of pethelpful.com and  Simon Anstey. Did you know that a carp is the most expensive fish ever sold! 


Here's Fish Story by Allan Sekula 

No comments: