Nias Island Spearfishermen

Sumatra - 2016

“Serenity flowed from the reclining fishermen. The outriggers soporific motion and the evening heat were hypnotically sedative. Wavelets lapped and slapped against the hull, their irregular rhythm an antidote to the even tick of internal timekeeping. Time was untethered, circadian rhythms decelerated, the mind faded into oblivion.”

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Thousands of compressed-air divers fish the coastal waters of Indonesia. Breathing air from primitive compressors through 100m hoses, they pair long dives with short recovery periods, putting them at high risk of decompression sickness.