Community and company is prime in producing the best peeled prawns through the night. It is only through the conversations we share that we begin to relish the simplest things in life.
The sheer fixation of the fish accountant counting his earnings was disrupted by two young tourists, holding up their cameras in wonderment as they stared with wide-eyes at him. He returned their gaze with a face written with vexation.
‘Crawling on all fours, he makes his way through the blueprint of the fish, so intricate, reflecting order that stands tall in the midst of chaos. Within seconds, he decides whether the fish is ready to embrace the world, whether its gills are fresh enough, or its eyes are clear enough. He grabs then roughly, with no qualms that they could still be breathing, with blood pumping through their veins.
未雨 (鱼) 绸缪
Marine consumption is vital for human survival.
This picture is a metaphor for weighing the benefits of marine consumption.
The top part of the knife that is blunt represents how time and energy are chipped away as these fish mongers dedicate their life into their work.
Survival of the Fittest
Over the years, these fish mongers have acquired the skill of productive efficiency and have applied this in their field of work. This has benefited the efficiency of the system, which reflects the importance of efficiency in society.
Before the sun rises, the people gather for business transactions. “Life & death before dawn”, is my title for this photo series. This is symbolic for us as this is my first live experience in the fishery. It is a point of reflection as Jesus’ disciples were fishermen and whose lives depend gravely on the daily catch. This photo series represents the life of a fisherman, beginning with the fishermen who bring in the fishes.
Then, preparation of the fishes that requires a lot of time and effort.
Finally, the fishes are sold to the customers. I feel that this encapsulates the whole process of being a fisherman. The irony of the liveliness and livelihood is based on the death of livestock.
Produced by Singapore Youth for Christ
The XChange is inspired from the Ragman by Dale Ward. It shows a Ragman who offers to trade his new rags for old ones. He exchanges items with the people he met and took on their pains when he puts them on.
Many times, we try to find the answers to problems on our own, failing when we only achieve temporal results or none at all. Either that or we choose to ignore the problem or even blame it upon someone else. Not every one of us behaves like the characters in the story but we too have issues in life that we need solutions to. What we fail to see is that we need help from someone outside; someone greater than we are to provide us with comfort and solution.
This person is real. He is Jesus Christ, the man who died for us on the cross (Good Friday), sacrificing His life for ours just like the Ragman sacrificed his life for the four characters. He took our sins and bore our sufferings upon His perfect nature. Notice the time and date? Jesus died and then rose again on the third day (Easter Day). His victory over death gives us a new life and hope!