Photographer's Note

An off-duty whaling canoe or 'pledang' taking a good rest till next hunting seasons, a photogenic subject reflecting character, tradition and heritage with its unique features. This primitive vessel measures around ten meters long by one-and-a-half wide and is constructed using the ancient “tied-bolt” method, made entirely of materials growing naturally on Lembata island. The sails are squares of woven geband palm leaves, and the inch thick hull planks comes from hardwood trees growing in the interior. Not one iron nail or bolt is used, and the only metal found on the canoe, in fact the only component not obtainable locally are the harpoon tips and the long 'duri' knives. These are forged from old truck leaf springs and their five dollar cost is the only cash outlay on the entire canoe. A short bamboo fishing pulpit projects from the prow, and here the harpooner rides the waves.....

The palm-leaf shelter provides a cool dark shade but to strike a right balance of exposure under clash of intense sunlight outside was quite a challenge for me though.

Setting: 25mm, 1/60, F5.6, ISO raw 200, 0945hrs

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: 'Sang Mikael or St Michael' vividly painted with the prominent eyes for good luck, safe voyage and to ward off devils. Evidence of serious battles at sea is abound....

Workshop2: The bow of 'Maria Ratu Damai'- Maria Goddess of Peace as if being watched closely, she certainly has cheerful tender looking 'eye-seeing-you' but the ordeal at sea is another of her sad story....

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Additional Photos by abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8263 W: 150 N: 18525] (82672)
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