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This is one of my favourite sunset photographs as it’s a departure from the usual palm trees silhouetted against a red sky. In my ten years of living in Malaysia I had never seen a yellow sky like this (and haven’t since) so it was lucky that I was on a photo shoot in Port Klang – the seaport for Kuala Lumpur, about 50 km from the capital – on this particular day in 2002.

I shot this not long after the sun had set, across some fishing boats to capture these fishermen who were having their hair cut. I shot a roll of film to get one with the silhouettes in just the right position – and this was the pick of them. The barber is attending to one of the fishermen, whilst the man on the right has just finished his haircut and is combing his hair whilst holding a mirror. The men on the left are sitting waiting their turn.

I was amazed how the barber could see what he was doing in the fading light, but I suppose if you are out on a fishing boat all day, you are not too fussy about what your hair looks like.

My last post to TrekEarth was about the effects of pollution on fishing stocks in the Philippines, but many other countries in Asia are facing similar problems. Even here in coastal waters, pollution is affecting the livelihood of those in the fishing industry. The Port Klang Integrated Coastal Management website says:

“The quality of coastal waters of Klang is declining due to the increased dumping of wastes into upstream catchment activities, especially from housing and industrial areas, as well as discharges from agricultural and urban areas. In addition to the upstream sources, there are also direct discharges of surface runoff, domestic sewage, ship wastes and industrial discharges into coastal waters. River and coastal waters are contaminated by E. coli. in excess of marine water quality standards. Other contaminants, such as inorganic chemicals, are also present, which will not only threaten the ecosystem, but also enter the food chain resulting in human health risks.”

Sad to say man is doing a good job of destroying our natural environment. Soon there will be little left for future generations.

Scanned from the neg using a Nikon Coolscan IV ED film scanner.

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