The image of a fisherman casting his net from a small, wooden boat bobbing in the cerulean water of the Mediterranean Sea is as much a part of the Greek’s heritage as its ancient architecture, rich literature, and exquisite cuisine. The boats, known as kaikis and painted in vibrant primary colors, bring to mind a simple way of life, but it’s one that is vanishing because of industrial fishing and dwindling fisheries.
Photographer Christian Stemper grew fascinated by the fishermen, their boats, and their laid-back lifestyle when he visited the island of Paros 20 years ago. They had little interest in the trappings of modern life, he says. “It seems like the important things for them are the boat, the sea, the family, and that’s it.”
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