Using my blog to try and make the world a better place. If I can help someone forget their troubles for a few minutes a day, it's all worth it.

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):
I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanent sand. So the days flow through my eyes but still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.

Monday, July 09, 2012

200 years before "Jaws", shark attacks captivated us all:

Watson And The Shark by John Singleton Copley, 1778

The above painting is actually a depiction of a real-life event. It portrays the swimmer, London merchant Brook Watson being attacked by a shark off Havana, Cuba, when he was 14 years old. As a result of the attack Watson lost his leg. I first saw a picture of this painting in an art magazine back in the '80s. Copley, as an artist, did a magnificent job capturing the facial expressions of all his subjects: the surprise, horror and desperation of the swimmer, and the utter helplessness of the sailors in the rowboat watching the tragedy unfold. I can't imagine what it would be like doing the backstoke and looking up to see a 1,000 pound hungry shark 2 feet away. Sucked to be him.

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