You will find loads of photos of these people in internet. In fact, a scene of an Indian sea-coast is incomplete without them. But this sight is getting infrequent day by day.
There was a time when the coast was less populated and the traditional fishing community could use the whole area for their livelihood. But gradually, the tourism industry started invading into the fishers' forte. Hotels and resorts started eating up the beaches -- cutting off these poor peoples’ access to the sea.
Then came the trawlers and mechanised boats. The commercially valuable varieties of fish are now lifted from the sea itself where the country boat cannot even reach.
Fish ‘production’ of the area has increased several times but fish ‘catch’ has declined. Next generation of these fish-catchers now opt for other professions – pulling rickshaw, opening small shops with local products, being waiters in the hotels … and so on.
There are still some who ‘strut and fret’ their hours on this stage, but can they really pull up the sun for a brighter future?
Shot at Digha, West Bengal, India at 06:51 AM
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gildasjan (43824) 2013-09-08 11:43
Une image très bien cadrée et ici j'aime beaucoup la douceur de ces teintes.La lumière est belle.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-09-08 11:56
hello Alekhya, another nice one. The scene is very much common in the beaches of west bengal and orissa... I got them in puri and gopalpur also. You conveyed the present status of them superbly in your note. Nice colourful reflection in wet sand. The watermarks on the foreground sands nicely enhanced the depth. A very good one. Hope one day they can catch the warmth of sun and get a better life. Tfs this nice frame.
Miguel82 (27726) 2013-09-08 13:24
Good record from Digha beach Alekhya, you caught these fishermen at work, in the bg a couple walking, I'm surprized by the important tide here
All the best
lousat (96700) 2013-09-08 14:47
Magnificent perspective in this minimalistic compostion,you play very well whit the light and whit the men reflections in the wet sand,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
daddo (27756) 2013-09-08 16:40
Namaste Alekhya. A thought provoking note which relates what is happening around the world where local fishing communities are being starved by big fishing companies which scoop up fish for the growing markets while leaving the locals with very little and the "choice" of risking their lives in little dugouts with which they have to go farther and farther into the big waves. Still, i like your title and spacious feel of the scene. Regards. Klaudio.
Indrasish (2943) 2013-09-09 23:59
Excellent shot dear.. Sorry for my delay critique.. I like the composition and the perspective.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. also I like the horizontal line.. Very well done.. And thanks for your informative note..
Good afternoon and have a nice day..
abmdsudi (57176) 2013-09-11 23:27
A fine capture here i love all the tones of warm glow of the setting sun, a fine composition with the fishermen making the shot work. Lovely catch, TFS
NorthernLight (2383) 2013-10-06 8:39
yes, that looks like they try to pull the sun. Unfortunately, I have not met such people. Unfortunately, I have never traveled to your country. But Precisely for this reason it is so interesting to me to see such images. A good reason to be a member of TE. It is possible to travel with the eyes around the world.
A very interesting scene from a beautiful coastline. Very nicely captured. Well done!
Have a nice week
pajaran (65056) 2013-10-13 22:20
Interesantan i dobar tekst o nacinu ribolova, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak vadjenja mreze iz mora.
Imajte lep dana, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Interesting and good article on fishing method, with the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful moment shown removing the grid from the sea.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
nikkitta (17068) 2013-12-13 16:32
Interesting and well done capture of a vanishing way of life that is ending, tourist kill local customs
A true catching composition with soft colors almost melting with the sky
Like to walk in the sand when the water is gone
serp2000 (45536) 2013-12-28 9:04
It reminds me the scenes that I've seen today here. I am writing to you from Sri Lanka. Very interesting photo report, good illustration of the note.