This was a gift for my brother. The scene depicts Haugesund, close to where we grew up. The town and the harbour were lively and thriving places around the turn of the century. My brother lives in a house with possibly the best view you could ever wish for: the wide open sea. Therefore, when I set out to make a print for his birthday, it had to be a maritime theme.
While I was reading our local newspaper, I came over a photographer who had lived in Haugesund. Severin Malmin (1867-1947) was one of the first hobby photographers in the town, and had shot this motif of a busy day at the harbour, with the boats lining up waiting to go out fishing for 'the silver of the sea' — the herring.