Photographer's Note

There is a small village on the southern coast of Sri Lanka called Weligamma. It is a lovely place where local fisherman have adopted an almost unique way of fishing. As you approach Weligama along the coast road east from Galle you will encounter Sri Lanka’s famous stilt fishermen. Each fisherman has a long pole with a crossbar that is stuck in the seabed close to the shore. The fishermen wade or swim out to these poles at times when the sea and fish are running in the right direction. They then perch on the crossbar, cast out their lines, and wait patiently for a nibble. The origin of this unusual fishing technique is unknown, but it is so successful that each stilt position is highly prized and handed down from father to son. However I think that nowadays they earn more from the tourists than the fish !!

Timing of my visit to this place was not the best due to the distance from the hotel. I got there around noon, not an ideal time as the light was very strong. It was even brighter by the reflection from the white surf. Getting detail in the faces of the fishermen when taking close ups was extremely difficult, therefore I have decided to convert this shot to B/W and give it high key treatment.

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Additional Photos by Lucie CzNLUkKw (lucinka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 135 N: 1821] (9976)
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