In 2018, I was given a dead Amazonian Catfish from Fish & Wildlife. It laid forgotten in my freezer until the massive fires of 2019 motivated us to print and give it back some sort of meaning.
"Rivers of Ash"
Photography: John Troxell
Music: Paolo Greco
“I was pretty nervous and anxious about printing the fish due to all of its open wounds, exposed guts and excessive blood. But to convey what was taken from its lifeless body I was convinced that we had to do it from a bottom 3/4 perspective, which was a first for us in front of an audience”.
Gyotaku artist Dwight Hwang hosted an informative and moving event on Friday at the Patagonia Toronto store. The salmon used for the print, supplied by @thesoflycrew, was found discarded along a river after being caught by an unknown angler, gutted for her eggs and left behind to rot. Waterfront trails and parks can be littered with carcasses of dead salmon, caught by anglers who only desire the salmon roe to use as bait or to eat. Dwight’s print is used to raise awareness and funds to help put an end to the problem.
Video created by Long Truong @littlepotatofilms