Please Notify the Sun
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Please Notify the Sun by Stephen Gill.
First edition (2021).
Large format hardback in new condition.
About Please Notify the Sun
It was in 2017 that I began to have an inkling that a single fish might contain a universe of infinite proportions. A journey within its body could be so amazing. So I started to research everything I would need to embark on such an expedition. By January 2020 I had built a work top, obtained a microscope, a camera, optics, lights and fridge. Mentally, though, I was far from ready. I was lacking the courage, time, energy and mental strength to set out on this unknown voyage. The void in time that accompanied the pandemic, with all movements restricted, presented a platform from which I could finally launch my inwards fish journey. I was prepared to explore for an unknown period.
But first of all I had, of course, to catch a fish. Being really unskilled at fishing this took a total of nine trips and thirty hours. On the 10th April 2020, at around 15.30, equipped with sleeping bags and instant noodles, my children and I arrived at a spot where flat rock, grass and shrubs meet the sea. I had almost got into the idea of never catching a fish by this point, so it was a sudden shock when a jolt was sent through the rod to my hands followed by a silver splash that appeared on the waveless water. My daughter Ada shouted, “Get the net dad!” and she saw the slight panic in my face as I had failed to remember the next thing required to land the fish. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was going to encounter along the way or how sick I was to become during the making of this work. - Stephen Gill