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Monday, January 17, 2011

#103 Caged Lakes

Is this a landscape photograph? Or a photograph of a lake overrun by man? 

This week's photograph was taken on Lake Sebu, the name of their main lake and also of their town, in South Cotabato. The portion we saw that morning was an idyllic scene right out of a storybook: a mirror-like lake surrounded by hillsides of green under a clear blue sky. Then we noticed more fish pens than we've ever seen, completely blanketing its surface. I guess people here got to eat too, and the fish in these pens were their main source of protein. There's a tug-o-war going on here, and I was determined to capture it in a single postcard. Let me know what you think. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Sometimes you don't get it on your first try. I started with more traditional compositions, with several variations of fish pens in the foreground and verdant hills on the horizon. But in the end this was the one that worked for me: the muted reflection of a landscape trapped within man's need to survive. Taken with a polarizer set at maximum.)

Where in the world is the Lake Sebu in South Cotabato?
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