In the wild 1 in 10,000 lobsters born will make it to adulthood. At the Northumberland Seafood Hatchery, they have changed that statistic to 1 in 50, by looking after them at such vulnerable stages of the lobster’s lives.
The lobsters are birthed in captivity and are taken from specialist tank to tank as they grow in size until they are eventually released into the wild. By improving the survival rates of the lobsters, the business is ethically providing lobsters to the North East whilst keeping the population of lobsters at a healthy and sustainable level.
My project ‘1 in 50’ shows the four key stages of a lobster’s life cycle, showing these stages at the hatchery as opposed to in the wild, my work highlights the work the hatchery is doing for the local lobster population. Throughout this project I visited the Hatchery many times documenting the work they are doing, discussing the science behind the range of tanks they have that keep the lobsters separate from each other by keeping them moving in order to mimic the wild but also improve their odds. I documented the lobsters up close, in their tanks and the juniors and mothers being released back into the wild.
John Herschel invented Cyanotypes in 1842, whilst attempting to find a way of copying his astronomy notes. Anna Atkins however was the first to publish a book of her work. Anna Atkins was an English botanical artist and photographer. Raised by her father, who worked at the British museum, she was offered the opportunity to learn science and botany. Her interest in botany led her to create cyanotypes blue prints of plants, creating a book titled ‘Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.’ Which was self published in 1843 as the first book to be printed with photographs. She made history for women in both science and photography, inspiring many including myself.
My final work for this project uses large scale glass, making references to the hatcheries work and a deconstructed tank. I wanted to create a physical piece of work that would interrupt the space and allow people to view lobsters and what the hatchery are doing in a new light. I wanted to draw people in to learn about their work using my large-scale unique pieces.
Watch my YouTube video that shows how I made the work.
On the 23rd and 24th of March my work is installed at:
Northumberland Seafood Centre,