Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The People of the Mud Volume 2

Not too long ago I published Volume 2 of The People of the Mud at my website.  The People of the Mud is but one of two parts of my longitudinal study of Suncheon Bay.  You may recall that the other component of the study is comprised of The Boats of Suncheon Bay.

In Volume 2, I wanted to present a sense of vastness, size, and perspective.  Suncheon Bay, and its mudflats that are exposed during low tide, is an excellent venue to show those qualities.  

  Perspective and Size XIII
© Mark Eaton

Because many of the fisheries on Suncheon Bay are distant from the shore, it is often difficult to determine if a harvester is working the nets or the traps or not.  By way of example is the photograph below at the composition titled, "Kneeling in Front of the Trap."

Kneeling in Front of the Trap
© Mark Eaton

At the apex of the fishery in the photograph above is a harvester kneeling in front of a trap.  In fact, the harvester is on hands and knees retrieving seafood from the trap.  A casual glance out onto the bay most likely will not allow a person to even realize someone is working a fishery.  A determined and systematic look onto the bay can allow a person to see some sort of dark figure and/or movement at a fishery.  Harvesters don't lollygag while working, hence movement will be detected sooner rather than later. 

To view this edition of the project, please visit my website:  The People of the Mud Volume 2.

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