SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 10 – STILT FISHERMEN – A TRIBUTE TO STEVE McCURRY PICTURE

by Antonio Gil December. 10, 2019 401 views

The meager returns these fishermen pull from the sea are dwindling and may well disappear entirely. The tsunami that devastated much of the Indian Ocean coastline forever altered the Sri Lankan shoreline and reduced access to fish using this method. Fishing stops entirely during the annual monsoons, so nowadays it often makes financial sense for fisherman to ask for money if someone wants to take pictures.

www.wired.com/2014/08/florian-muller-sri-lanka-stilt-fishing/

I had to try 😀

I had to try 😀

Video - Steve McCurry unpacks 'Stilt Fishermen', Sri Lanka

Stilt Fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka. Records indicate that it came into being just after World War II. This mode of fishing was more widely used all along the coast until the tsunami in 2004 which caused such activities to cease temporarily until recent years. The beautiful sight of fishermen perched branched poles as they fish skillfully during dawn, noon and dusk; can now be commonly along the southern coast in towns such as Koggala, Kaththaluwa and Ahangama. Occasional stilt fishermen can also be seen amongst the waters of Madu River, etc.

Though stilt fishermen make the activity seem easy and comfortable; stilt fishing requires much skill and balance. A vertical pole with an attached crossbar is embedded into the sea floor among the shallows, or on a riverbed. The crossbar allows the fishermen to be seated a couple of meters above the water causing minimal shadows on the water and hence little to no disturbance amongst the sea life. The stilt fishermen then use a rod from this precarious position to bring in a good catch of spotted herrings and small mackerels from the comparative shallows of the sea or from the river. They collect the catch in a bag tied to the pole or to their waist.

lanka.com/about/interests/stilt-fishing/

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Great set, stunning pictures - every single one! thumbsup

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 months, 2 weeks ago

You're too kind dear friend. Thank you so much

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José Manuel 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Foi a fingir, mas foi interessante na mesma. Abraço

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Bill Baird 3 months, 3 weeks ago

# 11 should make the photo of the day on google  lol   I would never make it up on to that. You, like the natives, actually 
look comfortable which is hard to believe.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bill Baird 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Hahahaha. Thanks Bill. Actually all the structure was jiggling a bit due to my weight. These poles are made for lighter people i presume smile

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Berckmans Peter 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Your best set yet from this journey. Did you had to pay for taking their photo. I know people who had to pay.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Peter. The 2004 tsunami destroyed everything in this shoreline and the fish disappeared after that event. Now to ask for money is the only way of surviving around here. It's like paying to see a live museum.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 3 weeks ago

In a way it is

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Benny Law 3 months, 3 weeks ago

So did you catch anything? grinning

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Antonio Gil Replied to Benny Law 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Some algae smile

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Lee Santiva 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Amazing colors, portraits  - fantastic and I love the shot of you at the end!!smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you dear Lee. Much appreciated comment my friend smile

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Francesc 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Fantastic work....The fisher of the last one is very authentic!!!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 3 months, 3 weeks ago

But he (I) didn't catch a single fish smile 🎣🐠Thank you dear friend for all the favs.

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Buster Bruce 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Of course we have to love #6 and the best #11!  Beautiful imagery Antonio! Gold medal across the board

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Antonio Gil Replied to Buster Bruce 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Bruce. I can always count on you my friend.

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Russell Smith 3 months, 3 weeks ago

That is a level of patience that I do not know if I have and I love fishing. There is just something about those perches that seem insanely uncomfortable. It is a cool thing to see and something that one day I will see.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 3 months, 3 weeks ago

You have to hurry my friend, this is a dying way of life. Now, they just fake they fish anyway. Thanks Russel

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I love, love these series of photos. Truth be known my jaw dropped at the first one and then it took me until #11 for my mouth to close into a smile. Never seen this before nor heard of it. Really great captures and extremely moving. Bravo!!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

You've just made me a very happy person Camellia. Thank you so much for your funny and at the same time lovely words.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I  came back and scrolled again, seriously #6 and #8 need to be framed. #6 because of the composition and #8 because of its "painting"feel.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Those two are also my favorite ones. Thanks again dear friend

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