I attended the Reflection on Cod exhibition opening this afternoon. It was a very warm, humid day and the gallery was wall to wall people, making it uncomfortably warm, but not a complaint, as I want heat!
I had three pieces in this exhibition, all gyotaku, one of salt cod, one fresh cod and the other an ocean perch, an alternative fish harvested after the cod moratorium was enforced 20 years ago.
Five Island Gallery is set in a lovely spot, overlooking the five islands in Tors Cove. When I arrived today, the fog was shrouding the islands before the sun burned it off, making them look mysterious. Fog and islands make for interesting photographs, but unfortunately I didn't have much time to take more than a couple of shots.
Richard Cashin was the guest speaker for the opening. A former politician and fishery union man, he amused the audience with stories of his adventures in politics and the fishery and provided some insight into the decision around the moratorium and its effects throughout the province. Being near the front of the room, and with Richard poised in front of my gyotaku images, it was too good a photo op not to take.
This room shot was taken before it was very crowded at the exhibition and the heat mounting by the minute.Shortly after the speech and conversations, I headed out to get some air and make my way home. The slight coolness of the sea air against skin was so pleasant after being inside.
The exhibition runs until July 27th daily, so if you're in the area, drop by have your own reflection on the cod fishery and the moratorium.