Tank XII

Richard was first place winner of the prestigious 2006 "National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize"!

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    | 11"x14"
      Edition of 150
  •   $250
    | 16"x20"
      Edition of 50
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    | 20"x24"
      Edition of 25
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    | 30"x40"
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The prints you receive are archival, chromogenic prints on a semi-matte paper with a longevity of 100+ years under normal light conditions.

The quoted dimensions refer to the paper size, and not the size of image contained within the paper. Each image is printed with a minimum 1/4" border to allow for framing, and ships with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

Richard Boll
Tank XII , 2008
from the series Tank

Whilst living in Thailand on the island of Koh Tao in 2006, I took a photograph of Siamese Fighting Fish in glass tanks; an image that became a favourite from my time in that country. When I went back to South East Asia in 2008, I produced a series of images in Cambodia and Vietnam called Tank, that followed on from this image.


This picture was taken in a back street in Hanoi in northern Vietnam. The fish are male guppies (Poecilia reticulata), also known as the millionfish.  Freshwater fish are significant in the Buddhist religion and I saw many of them in or around homes and temples in South East Asia, and for sale in specialty fish shops and markets. Fish are one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols used in Buddhism, and symbolise living in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning "in the ocean of sufferings". They represent freedom, well-being and happiness.

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