Rowing Intha Fisherman

Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Palos Park, United States

Artist's Description

An Intha fisherman rows across Inle Lake, Burma silhouetted against the soft colors of sunset.

Intha fishermen have a peculiar one-legged rowing style that to my eyes appears ponderous yet it is very efficient when done by these experts.

People living on Inle Lake have created stilt villages above the waters where local transportation is via dugout boats. In addition to fishing, ingenious floating gardens anchored by bamboo poles surround the tiny watery villages. In my eyes, these gardens were veritable works of art.

The round fish trap encircling the fisherman is placed on the shallow bottom of Inle Lake in order to trap fish. Then the fisherman uses a forked tool to impale any fish unlucky enough to be trapped in the bamboo fish trap.

This was a highlight of my journey through Burma, a few minutes of sublime happiness spent with a fisherman, the lake and a camera.

Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar), SE Asia

March 5, 2010

Canon 50D, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L lens, Program mode, shutter 1/125, f/4.5, ISO 100, focal length 100mm

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