I am sometimes attracted to something – to an image, a song, a phrase, even a word – and my mind rotates this thing around and around. I’ll find myself thinking about it all day long – maybe not always on the surface, but maybe buried under the day’s dust and detritus. At these times I’ll try to decipher what this obsession means – it is not always possible. Sometimes however an idea comes into focus and differentiates itself from fuzzy background noise of my brain. That’s what happened with this photo.
When I looked at this photo it seemed full of meaning and metaphor – but I couldn’t quite put words to it. Then an idea began to incubate and finally hatched. This picture made me think of poise and potential; of initial and boundary conditions; of chaos and prediction. In short it made me think of the current and future state of tenkara in America. Is tenkara that erratic boulder, sitting on the edge, poised and improbable? Will it fall in to the lake? Will it remain on the edge? Is tenkara that scraggly Charlie Brown pine tree, growing on the inhospitable purchase of that rock ledge, doomed to a crooked and stunted life, but still somehow hanging on, still nobly struggling? Is it the melt water from the glacier, distilled on high in rarefied air, dropped on us from out of the blue, then melted into the greater lake of fly fishing? Who knows. It will be interesting to watch the development, one thing is for sure – it is impossible to know. But I’m glad to play a bit part in the movie.
What do you all think? Please let me know.