Fish Heads!

The Fish Head! collection is targeted at fisherman and other fans of the fishes, both salt and freshwater. And I have to admit, I didn’t see this collection coming. As an undergrad my major area of interest was aquatic ecology. Within the Ecology, Ethology and Evolution Department at University of Illinois, we were bunched into informal groups of ‘plant people’, ‘bird people’ ‘herp’ people (think reptiles and amphibians), and ‘fish people’. I was a fish people. This early focus on the evolution and natural history of fish dovetailed perfectly with my love of fishing and natural history, a lifestyle I love to this day.

Fish Heads! is a celebration of the diversity, and under-appreciated beauty of fish. Whether it’s the intricacy of colors on the ‘Leopard of the Kenai’ (a variety of rainbow trout) and ‘Bluegill #9’, the clown like expression of ‘White River Brown Trout’, the ferociousness of the teeth on ‘Cuda!’, or the perceived wisdom in the eyes of ‘Permit on the Flats’ and ‘Advice From Jack’, each captures a unique personality of the animal. And for the record, each of the animals was photographed and released, with the possible exception of ‘Walleye #5’. Walleye are delicious.

As a side note, and as a disclaimer, many of these photos originated on fishing trips over the years. As such many were of me, and various friends, showing off their catch. Unless I was quick enough to press the camera shutter, grab the fish, and get into position, all in 1/200 of a second, that means that some of these photographs were taken by my friends, then manipulated by me. While I may show as ‘photographer’ on the prints, its unlikely true for some. If anyone out there recognizes their photo, give me a shout and I will give proper credit!

And finally, I feel there is likely a better title for the collection than Fish Heads!, but frankly I called it what I saw. In time I will likely have an expanded collection of Fish Art. Look out for Fish Heads II!

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