A shoe with legs, a stone dropped from heaven, he does his mournful work alone, he is the old prospector for golf, with secret dreams of God-heads and fish heads. Until suddenly a cradle fastens round him and his is trapped as the U.S.A. sleeps. Somewhere far off a woman lights a cigarette; somewhere far off a car goes over a bridge; somewhere far off a bank is held up. This is the world the lobster knows not of. He is the old hunting dog of the sea who in the morning will rise from it and be undrowned and they will take his perfect green body and paint it red
This series includes a set of portraits of a model, Olive, and a lobster. These are presented against various colored and smokey backdrops. The latter is in keeping with current sentiment that smoking rather than boiling is a more humane way of "painting a lobster red".
Salvador Dali and his fellow surrealists considered the lobster to be a symbol of man's unconscious thoughts. They also believed that the lobster embodied contradiction and duality. We do seem to live in surrealistic times, and so the lobster, symbolically, should fit right in.
In symbolic terms, the lobster encourages you to have a strong shell and stay protective when things get hard, and when life comes at you hard and fast. Lobsters are also adaptable creatures. They’re able to regenerate broken or lost limbs, so they’re also seen as a symbol of regeneration. Lobsters are also symbolic of strength, resolution and abundance.