Empty Nets

Empty Nets

A fisherman pulls in an empty net off the shores of Batu Ferringhi.

I am working on a project for a NGO that is focusing on the peoples of Africa and Asia’s coastal waters. In short, we are looking at issues of over fishing, climate change and natural disasters like the Acheh tsunami and how these factors effect the livelihood of the coastal people. This is from today’s shoot right here in my backyard.


83 year old fisherman, Ariffin pulls a horseshoe crab from his net.


Empty nets are frequent these days.


Becasue the fishing is so bad, Ariffin and his family suppliment their income by transporting Arab tourist to remote beaches to picnic.

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. Seongtae Park

    Well, i really miss the old days when fish were abundant in the coastal areas.
    Nice pics though.

    Seongtae Park

  2. Brad

    Would have been nice to see some fish in the photos, for sure (mainly for the sake of the fishermen), but great shots, Matt.  I especially liked the first two images with the men at work. The colors really pop while still feeling natural, and the DOF with the guy cleaning the horeshoe crab is perfect – focuses they eye on the work while still showing enough detail on the man to personalize the photo.

  3. Matea Michelangeli

    You are fortunate to have that amazing “backyard”. Stunning images, specially love the first one…


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