Easton, CT, May 12, 2010 — Artist, writer, naturalist and angler James Prosek made a name for himself at 19 when he published Trout: An Illustrated History, a book of watercolor paintings of trout. Prosek has traveled the world in search of his favorite fish. It's a passion that includes painting, writing and angling.
He'll give a talk based on his book, Fishing in the 41st Parallel, at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake on Saturday. His visit is part of the "Spring Outside!" free community day. He says his current work is concerned with our changing relationship to the environment and the human desire to order nature through naming.
Todd Moe spoke with Prosek from his studio in an old schoolhouse in Easton, Connecticut. He still fishes in the same pond he visited as a child, and was asked about an essay he wrote for The New York Times where he referred to fly-fishing as "nothing more than a predatory ballet."