The red fishing shack is one of many fisherman’s huts that dotted Pine Island Sound in Southwest Florida during much of the last century. Families of the fisherman lived in many of these shacks on stilts. Boats from the Punta Gorda Fish Company came weekly to collect the catch and resupply the fishermen with ice. Other “water taxis” would make daily rounds collecting children and take them to the mainland for school. Overfishing eventually ended this unique lifestyle. Time and tides, and hurricanes saw to the demise of most of the shacks But the few that remain are maintained as family owned fishing cabins with few amenities other than a portable generator.
“The Red Shack” is my idealized vision of a time gone by. The image was created from five different photos of the area layered together along with other textures and tweaked in Photoshop. I am pleased with the subdued, painterly result.
Below is an aerial view of the remaining fish shacks in Pine Island Sound including the red shack.
Prints of either image are available. Please contact me for more information.