The Chines Nets of Kochi, India are indeed a relic of the past. The old fishing contrivances were thought to have been brought to the Kerala coast by early Chinese explorers back in the 1400s. Originally built of teak, they work by lowering a large net from a cantilever framework, counterbalanced by stone weights. When the stone weights are pulled down, to a rhythmic chant, the net is raised and the fish collected. The fish are sold at a local auction, along with larger fish caught by ocean-going fishermen. The Chinese Nets are an iconic sight of Fort Kochi.
Photographed in March 2012.
Shot with Canon 5DMk2, 24-70 L f2.8, 50 f/1.4
Audio recorded on Zoom H1