About the print: Within the boating community there are sub-groups of which one is sport fishing. The name “Veritigo” is a satirical reference to the height of the tuna tower which sways back and forth in a pendulum effect on a choppy sea. Some owners pride themselves on the height of their fishing towers. Fishing boats like the one in this image are for high-tech trophy fishing as opposed to working boats that bring in their catch by the ton.
About the series: Through his interest in sailing the artist became aware of the increasing significance of leisure time pursuits as an American cultural obsession. Increasing economic prosperity has allowed the average person more time off and the money for leisure time activities. The artist observed that identifying strongly with a specific sporting activity is akin to joining a sub-culture; a social group identified by a common dress, terminology, etiquette, and set of behaviors. During the years 1975 through 1978 Pond traveled extensively around the United States to create this series showing leisure time enthusiasts in their finest moments.