So I’m catching up on unseen episodes of “Naked & Afraid” via this afternoon’s marathon, and I’m starting to think there needs to be some sort of drinking game associated with this show.
So, take a drink every time:
- They show stock footage of an animal not from the location in which the episode is taking place (e.g. spitting cobras in Costa Rica).
- Someone says, “I just want to go home.”
- Someone vomits or gets diarrhea from not cooking their turtle/snake/snails/whatever well enough over the fire, or from drinking unsafe water.
- Someone uses the phrase “extraction point” (including the narrator).
- Someone falls down.
- Someone uses the phrase “military training.”
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a store a friend of mine just opened in Seattle, called Aquarium Zen. Today’s grand opening has been a couple years in the making, and I was privileged to be asked to come in before the crowds to capture the energy of the place. The boutique is less a fish shop than it is an experience. In his words:
My goal when designing the space was to create a sort of alternate universe where the contrast between the chaos of urban street life would juxtapose with the tranquility of the aquatic life held within. The idea was to create a natural sanctuary that is artificial but still resonates with the healing vibes you might associate with a walk in the forest or sitting by a stream. The space itself is nearly a hundred years old and is loaded with character – exposed brick walls, skylights, old growth Douglas fir exposed beams and hardwood floors. Not your typical pet shop.
We cater to a style of aquarium keeping that originated in Japan called the “Nature Aquarium,” which tries to elevate the aquarium to an art form.
I wanted to create a space that celebrated nature and love for aquariums and to create an experience for our community. In my mind, it’s a living art installation disguised as a pet shop. The aquarium can be a lens into normally unseen realms of nature that are magical. When executed with an artistic intention, the aquarium can create a transformative experience for the viewer, a timeless space and moment that is not soon forgotten.