I’m thrilled we were finally able to show off the cover of Underwater Fistfight this week. It’s a fun collection and I enjoyed getting it ready for print. But… What’s the deal with that title? Well, I love movies and the poems in this collection were inspired, in part, by old scifi, action and monster movies.  The name Underwater Fistfight came to me after watching the James Bond movie, Thunderball, and thinking about how many films featured a fight scene beneath the waves.

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And as I explored the idea of cinematic fights under the sea, I stumbled across a whole subculture of photography in the 1950s where they recreated everyday life, only underwater. Many of them came from photo tourist shoots of Silver Springs by Bruce Mozert, though there were others that were uncredited.

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It looks like this boom in fun pictures came partially due to advances in underwater cameras that made them a little more accessible to everyone, plus, it was the 50s. Hi-jinx ensued.

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In exploring this underwater culture, it was only a matter of time before I found an Underwater Fistfight or two!

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Of course, I couldn’t look at these without thinking of the brawl beneath the waves in the movie Top Secret!

Other images that inspired me to name this collection Underwater Fistfight?

Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) doing his boxing workout in a pool.

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The crazy zombie vs shark fight from the movie Zombi 2.

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And there’s this great art exhibition which, in a way, recreated the idea of the 50s photo shoot I mentioned earlier and takes it a little further, staging everyday surface life photographed on a sunken missile ship. In this case, the people aren’t actually photographed, they’re placed on the ship by means of manipulations, but they still look amazing. The exhibition is actually displayed underwater for divers to see.

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And of course, if you go far enough into Andreas Franke’s wonderful artwork, you’ll find an underwater fistfight.

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