Got a Good Fish Story? Win Aquarium Lecture Tix!

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Submit a fish or fishbowl-related story to win two tickets to Henry Horenstein’s Aquatics lecture at the National Aquarium this Thursday night! Please interpret our challenge creatively. (My fish story, for example: When I was a little kid visiting my grandfather in Arkansas, my dad, grandpa and I went river fishing early one morning; we sat there quietly for hours and didn’t catch a thing, but at one point, two police officers showed up, looking for a wanted murderer. In the backseat of their cop car: the second arrested suspect waited, captured, his forehead red with blood. When my dad soon after finally caught a catfish, as I watched it struggle wildly, I begged him to pull the thing off the hook and put it back in the water. Dad killed it quick, and we all ventured back to my grandfather’s house to eat it. Every step of the way I think we expected to meet the wanted criminal. But we didn’t. That fish tasted good. We’d had a long morning.)


What makes a great photographer like Henry Horenstein tick? Or how does he click such astonishingly beautiful and often highly abstract images of animals and sea life? The esteemed artist and RISD prof shares pro secrets this Thursday night at the Aquarium.

During his talk, he’ll discuss the making of photo books Aquatics (2001) and Animalia (2008), and more.

Of Aquatics, The Boston Globe noted: “[Horenstein’s] carp and jellyfish are weightless and oddly graceful, suspended in warm and diffuse atmospheres.” Of Animalia, writer Owen Edwards raved, “Though most photographers are driven to find a new vision, even the best fail more often than they succeed. In [these images], Horenstein has succeeded to a dazzling degree, evading the abundant clichés of animal photography at every turn.”

Event Details

This Thurs Oct 20th
6–7 p.m. Wine and cheese reception

7–9 p.m. Lecture National Aquarium’s Meyerhoff Auditorium

Cost: $5 for members, $5 for students, $10 for non-members or free with book purchase

Reservations are required; call 410-727-FISH (3474) to reserve


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  1. When I was a boy growing up in the late 1950s/early 1960s, my parents kept a 15-gallon aquarium of tropical fish in the club basement of our suburban Baltimore home. By complete serendipity, they chose an elegant mix of black mollies and angelfish for the tank, augmented by a pair of itty-bitty catfish to vacuum the cream-colored gravel bottom, plus a handful of tiny snails to clean the interior glass sides.

    Mostly, my folks, sometimes with my assistance, stuck to routine maintenance — feeding, adjusting the water temperature, changing the charcoal filter, and removing the occasional expired floater — never obsessing much about the fish, including their breeding. So when a female black molly gave birth to a brood of babies one day, my mom and dad didn

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