By: Jacob Hawthorne
Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery
Pictured:The Atlantic Black Tipped Shark style="background-color: transparent; color: #000000;"> (also known as Black fin shark, Blacktip whaler, Common blacktip shark, Gray shark, Requiem shark, Small blacktip shark, Spot-fin ground shark)
Whether you are terrified to get into the ocean because of them or you are enamored by their beauty and grace, the one thing we can all agree on is the fact that the Atlantic Black Tipped Shark does possess a really nice set of chompers, making them one of the most photogenic sharks on the planet.
Sure, they are a vicious predator able tomake acrobatic spinning leaps out of the water while attacking schools of small fish, but you cannot deny that those razor-sharp pearly whites give them one heck of a smile. That’s exactly the reason why 9 out ten dentists in the US agree that the image of the Atlantic Blacktip Shark has been the go-to choice for their office waiting rooms across the United States, serving as thepostal child of dental hygiene for decades. Who doesn’t have a vivid memory of nervously waiting for yet another cavity to be filled as the screams of children echo off the waiting room walls? The only source of hope and salvation in this bleak situation came from the perfectly placed image of the powerful Atlantic Blacktip Shark and their perfect teeth, giving you the courage and strength to go on and hoping one day, when all grown up, to be just that: a shark.
Now while contrary to what the book/TV seriesAnimorphswould have you believe, humans cannot actually turn into sharks when they grow up. However that dream of one day becoming a shark will never go away. Here’s a list on how to fill that void for shark-related content.
- Your Local Aquarium - Due to COVID-19, aquariums are closed for the foreseeable future; however, according to a breakthrough and hopefully trustworthy (but probably not) analysis conducted bychinadaily.com, “For novel coronavirus, it mostly attacks mammals, including humans, that are endothermic or warm-blooded, and the average human body temperature of around 36 degrees Celsius is most favorable for the infection and reproduction of the novel coronavirus. But most freshwater fish cannot survive at this temperature, showing they can't catch or even transmit the virus.”You heard it here first, folks. Sharks and fish can’t evencatchCOVID-19 (lazy fish pun there if you didn’t CATCH it), so expect aquariums to reopen soon once the marine biologists hear about this great news! Hopefully the readers detect my sharkasm, until then...
- Shark Week 2020 - Another amazing Shark Week came and went in August onDiscovery, so now we have to either watch reruns or wait another 51 long weeks until we get the sharktastic content we know and love… or do we? A new heart-pounding FIVE-week extravaganza known as SHARKFEST streaming on National Geographic will be sure to tack on some binge watching hours.
- Schmidt Fine Art Gallery - This Texas-basedFine Art gallery is now offering customizable prints of this marvelous Atlantic Black Tipped Shark and various other underwater creatures. Perfect for decorating any interior’s nautical-themed room, a child’s bedroom, a dorm, or if you just love sharks, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery has an extensive selection for your sealife photography and marine photography needs.
- Shark Tooth Necklace - If you’ve already been to the aquarium, watched all the shark videos, covered your walls in the breath-taking prints by Schmidt, and it’s still not enough shark-related content, then as a last resort you should invest in a shark tooth necklace. Many surfers wear shark tooth necklaces as a superstitious tradition to ward off sharks and shark attacks, which is why I always put mine on before going to the store, because you can never be too careful.
- Shark Fin bites - Although outlawed in 12 US states,Shark bites or shark nuggets (typically fried nuggets of shark meat) are somewhat of a delicacy and sold in carnivals and state fairs all over the country.
The above list is pretty much an all-encompassing list on how to get more sharkbait in your life. From one shark enthusiast to another, please comment if you have any other ideas. Let’s talk about #3 on the above list and how the Schmidt Fine Art Gallery came to be one of the premier collections for aquatic photography prints.
As a photographer, Kurt Schmidt of Schmidt Fine Art Gallery combines his lifelong interests in scuba diving and photography to capture the complexities of sealife. Through constant experimentation, he produces wonderfully unique snapshots of underwater life. At a young age, Schmidt had a vision for whatunderwater photography could be, and decided to fashion his own waterproof camera complete with a powerful lighting rig.
Through the support of his community, Schmidt opened agallery where other photographers can display their work. Schmidt realized that with the emergence of online photography and smart phones, it isn’t easy for emerging artists to be discovered, or for art collectors and buyers to find fresh talent. Therefore, he is always looking to help artists that either currently work in the field with no platform or need encouragement to get their photographs out into the public-eye.
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your home, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is here to service you. We are a gallery for the artist by the artist. Our mission is to serve as the place for artists to simply sell art, without the overburdening of promotion, marketing and running a start-up business. We are committed to producing high-quality, museum grade products and timeless works of art that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Schmidt Gallery was founded by Kurt Schmidt with the vision to establish a photo-centric gallery in the heart of Montgomery county, Texas. Although it is all run online at the moment, Schmidt Gallery has dreams of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in The Woodlands just north of Houston. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery was founded in March 2020 as a startup funded by All ARK LLC.
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