Posted by: sibyllemeder | July 25, 2009

Beyond the Sea

Planning to shoot a short doc about two local fishermen, sort of as a warm-up exercise. They happen to be the younger brothers of Pavlos, the bus driver.

This is the caique that will get us out there into the proverbial big blue.

This is the caique that will get us out there into the proverbial big blue.

In previous years, I have published a series of photographs, postcards and a photo calendar about the local trata fishing, a basically non-sustainable but nevertheless well-loved method of seasonal fishing with nets that is only allowed from October 1st until the end of March.

On rough days, the fishermen stay ashore and do a bit of net mending. These hands have had their share of brine and rope-pulling over the years.

On rough days, the fishermen stay ashore and do a bit of net mending. These hands have had their share of brine and rope-pulling over the years.

There have been several government attempts to rule out what is considered to ruin the fish stock of the Aegean. At the same time, whole families rely on the fishing trade – and with the current tourist slump, anything reverting towards traditional agricultural methods and a more lively community life not completely dependent on (foreign or Greek) visitors might prove to be an economic plan at least worth considering. But to what effect – and at what cost?

It’s not always a rich catch and smiles.

It’s not always a rich catch and smiles.

No matter what side you are on – and as usual there are two sides to the story if not more – the whole topic is well worth exploring. It’s one of those small things, insignificant for most that might mean a whole life’s work (and plan) to some. It’s those perspectives I’m interested in.


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