Thursday, June 16, 2011

365 Doodles - Day 167

Here's Russian research scientist Natalia Avseenko swimming naked with Beluga whales in the sea at Murmansk Oblast near the Arctic Circle. Water temperatures are around -1.5 degrees Celsius. But why?

Obviously, there's a sensationalist angle. But the reason given is that Beluga do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as neoprene used in wetsuits. Her sub-zero skinny-dip has allowed her to get closer to these beautiful animals than anyone had previously. And it does make for some extraordinary photographs.

It reminded me of a picture I did back in the 1980s:

I exhibited this one in an old comic shop in Soho, now long gone, that rejoiced in the splendid name of Dark they were and Golden-Eyed. The female figure was originally nude but such was the atmosphere of outraged prudery at the time (remember, back then Mary Whitehouse was on the telly moaning about something every week and films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and I spit on your grave were actually illegal) I was asked to draw a bikini on her. I figured the shop owners didn't want to attract any more complaints. They were already selling a large amount of drugs-related paraphernalia - bongs etc. - at a time when so-called 'head Shops' were a rarity. If I recall correctly, they were shut down eventually over allegations of drug supplying.

Shame. Great shop.

Photos copyright (c) Viktor Lyagushkin/KNS News

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