Fly Fishing and Photography: Exercises in Attention

November 15, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

This article about photographer Stephen Shore captures a vivid comparison between camera art and fly fishing, the artist’s other passion. “‘Fishing, like photography, is an art that calls forth intelligence, concentration and delicacy.’ When I read that quote back to him, he nods and says: ‘Now I’d add the word “attention”. That’s the big connection. Fishing and photography are both exercises in attention.'” Sean O’Hagan also notes that author and realism monger Raymond Carver was an avid fly fisher. In the U.K.’s The Guardian.