The Fishermen and the Net (1950s)
Photograph Print by Yip Cheong Fun.
This artwork is mounted on mattboard.
Down Memory Lane in Singapore:
The Fishermen and the Net (the 1950s)
The Master Photographer, Yip Cheong-Fun, is known for his seascapes. He has an unparalleled number of images such as this capturing life by the sea, and of course, the sea itself. His keen camera lens conjures up an activity of the fishermen – a way of life from days of yore. It is like looking through a window to get a glimpse of the beautiful scenery in the past, and the unique experience will propel us forward into the grey mist of the future.
This print shows a typical scene on the East Coast of Singapore in the 1950s. It sways our nostalgic feelings. The coastal areas of Singapore have changed dramatically in a short period of time. Many of the images of the photographer, shot over 50 years ago, help us to recognize the speed of such changes in the landscape and the lives of the people. Here at the beach, one can see some fishermen at work. To the fishermen, the net was the most important. Great pains were taken to arrange the net after using and to dry it. Sometimes it would take several people to handle the net. The timing in taking the shot must be perfect so that the little boat passing by is captured in the middle and forms part of the composition. Much emphasis is laid on the symmetry of the subject in the foreground, showing something like the letter M. The play on light and shadows and the way the sky and the clouds are depicted also makes this a great seascape picture.