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Into Deep Water
Every morning they wake long before dawn, moving unseen down to the docks where they board their boats, check their nets, and un-tie the ropes from the moorings. With a low growl the engines come to life and they slip out of the creeks heading towards the fishing grounds. Fro the past few years, through my photography, I have witness these hard-working men and women struggle as they try to keep their once thriving industry alive. Since the late 1990s the shrimpers have been forced to compete with the massive influx of foreign, inexpensive, pond-raised shrimp and the cheap labor costs of their foreign competitors. Coupled with the rising cost of fuel, they are finding it hard to cover their most basic operating costs. My goal is to create a window into their lives and tell the visual stories of the shrimpers and the changing conditions in their industry.
Heather, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Desing, is an editorial and documentary photographer who now lives and works in San Francisco, California. To see more images from her project The American Shripmers, check out her website.
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