FILHOS DO LAGO SS19

Inle Lake in Burma is much more than a tourist attraction, it is more than a freshwater lake, it is more than fauna, flora and wildlife. It is a lifestyle, a culture, an income that is increasingly threatened by floating garden farmers and the sludge created by them. In this lake, the "Filhos do Lago" (Intha fishermen) work in a particularly unique way, using their feet to control the paddle so that, with their available hands, they can hunt the fish through large conical nets.

Photographer David Bazar traveled to Burma in 2011 and in just 1 hour managed to record

the magnificent art produced by Intha, taking the opportunity to record the constant threat to which they are subjected, the reduction of the lake due to floating agriculture and the creation of sludge created by it and by the industry around the lake. This "garbage" is trapped in Burmese nets and can often take more than four hours to remove the dirt and fish again.

If on an ordinary day, without garbage, fishermen catch an average of 10 fish, how can they sustain themselves with less than four hours each time they catch something harmful to their work?

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Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso e Invest Santo Tirso