Fremantle waters

Carved wood, spray enamel, rope

1900 mm x 480 mm x 400 mm

Fremantle waters recalls a bright summer morning spent fishing with my dad from the South Mole beside Fremantle Port. After many hours without a bite my dad pulled in a juvenile bull shark, thrashing and whipping on the line. Those seemingly benign waters, with kids and dogs swimming off the white beach behind us belied an unnerving proximity to nature – red in tooth and claw. We were the apex predators that day, tourists stopped to take photographs and dad was my hero. We ate the shark and I was never tempted to go swimming in the waters off Fremantle again.

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by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah HIGHLY COMMENDED