.... is the likely headline you would read accompanying this photo in the media – a picture of a shark that is about to clamp down its powerful jaws on a frail human hand would sell, even in black and white. Sharks are still being portrayed in the media as the quintessential villains. As if the readers still expected them to be the 'mindless killing machines' Peter Benchley and Steven Spielberg made the world believe some 30 years ago.
The reality behind this photograph I have recently taken in South Africa is not sensational in a journalistic sense. Symbolically, however, it carries a significant message: It is man stretching out its hand to the vilified wolf of the sea as if to say:
"We have stripped you of your dignity and we have persecuted you throughout the ages; we have likened your innocence to the worst of human traits, not wanting to admit that the darker side of our nature is not bestial but human. We have ignored in our hubris that our God is the God that also created you, not a lesser god, a god of sharks - Peace to you, finally."