“The fisherman” is a photographic project aiming at telling about the tragic role which the Adriatic sea and the Apulia region (Italy) have been having in the past years.
The story I’m telling through this photographic series, is a reconstruction of a tragic event happened in 2011.
I met a fisherman in a bar, in Mola di Bari (italy), about a year ago. He was with his wife and their new born child; a friend of mine want to introduce me this man, saying that he had an interesting story to tell.
As soon as we introduced each other, he started to talk about how weird has become what the sea returns to us nowadays. At the very beginning I felt he was quite reticent to reveal me the experience he went through , but the dreadful story eventually came out.
He started to tell me that in the past 6 years he had been caughting , in his boat’s fishnet, some scary dolls, sensing that those dolls would have brought a bad omen…
All of sudden, his wife fit into the conversation and abruptly stopped her husband: she started telling me that her husband’s father died at sea; everytime her husband and his crew were going out for the fishing trip ( staying away from home for more than a week) she couldn’t sleep at night and the waiting for him to come back home was tossing her day by day…
After a few seconds of deep silence, the fisherman kept going on telling me his dreadful experience :
in 2011 he with his crew , while they were emptying the fishnet, they found a dead body among the fishes : he was a Tunisian migrant who tried to reach the Apulian’s shores with a little boat, from Greece. As soon as they found out that it was a human body, they called the Coast guard and had to come back to the closest harbour to hand out the dead body to the local police.
A few months later, the fisherman and his crew caught in their fishnet a wallet: they found the ID card of the dead man they caught a few months earlier and a hand drawn map showing the trip the migrant was going to follow…
Among the photographs composing this photo-project you can see two pictures, taken by the fisherman, showing both the dead body in black bucket and the map hand drawn by the migrant
For privacy reason, I’ve avoided to include the ID card of the migrant.