Old man and the sea

Javanese Fisherman

I spent half an hour chatting with this old man. He’s a Javanese fisherman, who spent his lifetime making his living from the sea. He said he usually goes out in the evening; hence the previous post with the candles.

By his own words, he’s 87 years old. If that’s true, then it’s remarkable to see someone his age still working day in and day out for the livelihood of his family.

I asked him if I might take some photos, which he kindly obliged, a beaming smile spread across his face upon seeing the LCD images of himself. Afterwards, he sat down on the beach and started a small fire to smoke the fish.

Those of us living in Jakarta may only be a short drive from his beach, but yet we’re worlds apart in our experiences.

  • Great pictures! My favorite part about living overseas are these interactions. In Shanghai in Sept. I was walking through old town and ran into a 21 year woman who spoke perfect English. We started talking and she went to school at Cal. State. We talked with her family. All 6 of them that lived in a 600sq. foot. place. It was strange to think that this is where she lived, grew up, and her family saved every penny they had to send her to college in the US. We live worlds apart, yet so close.

  • Dan

    This is a really stunning triptych. You have an amazing eye for this stuff. I love his moustache. Javanese men age beautifully.

  • Matt

    Love the images and the story behind them. Thanks for sharing.