Kovalam Fishermen

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Located 16 km north of Trivandrum, Kovalam, from a simple fishing village, has become one of the most important travel destinations in Kerala, India, for its beaches that stretch for 17 km of coast and form a huge sheltered rocky promontory from the currents of the Arabian Sea.

Apart from the tourist shops and restaurants that line beach front, fishing is the most lucrative industry where the majority of locals take advantage of.
Here there is no high tech fishing gear. In fact, their tools and techniques seem to mirror a way of life that has remained intact for generations. A hard life full of sacrifice.

They leave at night and the next morning, once they are back on land, they start pulling in their fishing nets that had been deposited far out in the ocean. This arduous process continued for more than three hours, non stop.
I was among them for two consecutive mornings trying to capture key moments that could convey the intensity, organization, strength and great willpower that these simple but noble people have.