Guilin, China. Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in Japan and China since about 960 AD. This technique has also been used in other countries.
There is no hope, no fear for you. There is no word, no whisper, no cry. There is no home, no bed for rest. There is only your own pair of wings and the pathless sky. Bird, O my bird, listen to me, do not close your wings. - Rabindranath Tagore the gardener // Two Pink Houses
I've been photographing this area in Guangxi province, China, since 2006 and witnessing the fast decay of the cormorant fisherman. The youngest fisherman are attracted by new and more profitable jobs, opening the way for the disappearing of a traditional craft and culture.