Photographer's Note

Whilst most villagers are still probably in slumberland these inshore traditional fishermen are already on the beach getting ready with their daily routine. They have to fight all odds like bad weather but they are brave enough with their mental strength. Inshore fishing not only provides food for a family’s table, but also served as a way to earn livelihood. Unlike fishermen who travelled far and wide in large vessels, inshore fishermen always remained in sight of land; rowing out in small one or two-man outrigger canoes.

Most inshore fishermen leave home almost everyday just before midnight and would spend a great deal of time at sea before returning ashore to land the catch on the beach at daybreak. But their struggle is very unpredictable, some are happy because of bumper havest but some are worried because luck do not favour them. But they have to accept the reality as this is their life and most of them are forced to choose to live this way. Mandar's fishing community goes back several generations in some families.

Shot taken at Mandar fishing village, Bunyuwangi a small backwater town on the eastern tip of East Java facing Bali island. Fishing canoe returning home, they have been at sea for most of the night..

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