This piece of art was likely created to express the
life of the man in its foreground. The placement of the old boat in the
background and the sea to his front likely represents his career as a fisherman.
The old figure sets propped up against the boat gazing out to a sea he cannot
fish anymore due to his old age. The coastal landscape portrays the harsh environment
a fisherman may have to endure. The man appears as if he has given his life to
the sea and now that his fishing days are over, he fears the loneliness that waits
at the village at his back. This piece likely served as a tribute to the
fisherman who, for years, provided the economic power of the small coastal
town. The reason this piece of art grabbed my attention was the old man propped
against the boat. At first I envisioned a dog outside the frame playing in the
water. Then on closer inspection I recognized the old man’s gaze at the sea.
His subtle yet intense stare captured my imagination. As I began to try and edict
his life, the other elements of the photo, along with my life experiences,
began to shape the way I saw the art and how I interpreted its meaning.