A tire was placed and an eye was drawn on every bow of fishing boat

Tire and eye on bow of fishing boat

Shot at a small fishing village in Dalah, Myanmar

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The houses in the small fishing village of Dalah were lined up along a tributary of the Yangon River. Many wooden fishing boats were moored along the water's edge. There were no people around and the fishing boats were all quiet. Apparently, this was not the time to go fishing. The fishermen were lounging on land or repairing their boats.

Many fishermen must have made their living by fishing in the Yangon River, seeing many boats moored here. Compared to Japanese rivers, the water in the Yangon River looks dirty. But the fishermen and the people who eat the fish must not be too concerned about it.

When I approached the moored fishing boats, all of them had the tires on the bow of the ship. Perhaps they are shock absorbers. But I didn't know what the eyes painted under the tire were for. Looking at ships with eyes, I remembered that all ships I saw in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam had eyes on the ship's bow. These eyes may be also drawn for protection from evil. Unlike working on land, working on the water can kill you if you make a mistake. I think this painting represents the wish for the fishermen working in such a situation to come back to the village safely.

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PHOTO DATA

No

10823

Shooting Date

Sep 2018

Posted On

December 9, 2018

Modified On

November 17, 2020

Place

Dalah, Myanmar

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

SONNAR T* FE 55MM F1.8 ZA

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