Inle Lake is known for their fishermen who fish the way of their ancestors. Except for the motors on the back of their boats, they still use the techniques passed down through generations of successful fishing. With a conical net and multi-pronged spear they stand up at the back of the boat, precariously balanced. They can move and steer the boat with one foot while peering into the water in search of their prey. This is quite a successful way of fishing here at Inle Lake as the deepest part of the lake is quite shallow.
Photographing a fisherman in action is the shot to go after. We patrolled the lake finding many fisherman, none doing the calisthenics we desired. So, when posed with a problem like this, we keep harkening back to what Rick Sammon always says, “Make the shot, don’t take the shot.” We set out to make the shot. We hired three fisherman to meet us at dawn for a photo shoot. They positioned themselves in ways that pulled at my hamstrings and groin. They were fantastic, giving us all the shots we wanted.
Along with fishing, they also like to smoke. [Three Smoking Amigos]
One of them gave me a ride in his boat – and then performed some circus acts for me.
In the end, we made the shots. What do you think?
And remember, its all about the light, especially here at Inle Lake at sunrise.