'Unexpected', Regents Canal, Mile End.  

6 colour screen print on Somerset Satin 300 gsm paper. 

Print and process. Above: the finished print. Top right: first three colours screen printed. Bottom right: print on the print bed. 

Print and process. Above: the finished print. Top right: first three colours screen printed. Bottom right: print on the print bed. 

This print was created while exploring the idea of a Black Swan Event. Black swans are seen in a number of parks in London. The location of this print is  Regents Canal, Mile End. I would normally only make an image based on actual sightings of a bird, but on this occasion I like the ambiguity. It would be unexpected to see a black swan on Regents Canal, but not impossible. I particularly wanted to place him within sight of the financial centre of Canary Wharf as there is a significant interest in Black Swan events in financial circles. 

A black swan is an event or occurrence that deviates beyond what is normally expected of a situation and is extremely difficult to predict; the term was popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a finance professor, writer and former Wall Street trader. Black swan events are typically random and are unexpected. Black Swan Events can have both a positive effect or a negative effect.