João Sousa

Inle Lake in Myanmar is much more than a tourist attraction, it's more than a freshwater lake, and it’s more than flora, fauna and wildlife. It's a lifestyle, a culture, a source of income that is being increasingly threatened by floating garden farmers and the mud they create.
It's in this lake that the "Filhos do Lago” (Children of the Lake - Intha fishermen) work. Their fishing method is particularly unique, using their feet to control the oar so that their hands are free to catch the fish using large conical nets.
Photographer David Bazar travelled to Myanmar in 2011 and in just one hour, he was able to capture the superb art produced by the Intha, taking the opportunity to capture the constant threat they are subject to - reduced lake size due to floating agriculture and the mud created by it and the industry around the lake. This "rubbish” gets caught in the fishermen's nets and it can often take more than four hours to remove the dirt and start fishing again.
If the fishermen catch an average of ten fish on a normal day, without rubbish, how can they cope when they lose four hours every time something harmful to their work gets caught in their nets?

Santo Tirso Municipal Council and Invest Santo Tirso