Bronze 2021 / Editorial / Photo Essay

The Octopus Hunters

  • Photographer
    Eduardo Lopez Moreno
  • Agency / Studio
    Social Photographer
  • Prizes
    Bronze in Editorial/Photo Essay

Women and men alike literally walk in the waters of the narrow sea channels of the Indian Ocean in Lamu, Kenya. Although they call themselves ‘fishermen’ in fact they look more like ‘hunters’ in search of octopus that hide in small caves of the corals during very low tides. These ‘hunters’ are armed with pointy wooden sticks and water cans or sacks used to store the octopus they catch. These hunters end up causing irreparable damage to the environment by destroying multi-colored and multi-forms of corals that took thousands of years to grow and mature and are destroyed in a second.

I like to travel and encounter the world with its streets and its people, but the part that corresponds to my interest, my vision and philosophy of life. My photos are a look at someone's world, a journey into their space and their life; an attempt to build a story without affection, , as part of a social commitment. My images aim to reunite us with the common man, using a simple visual grammar that reveals the value of the everyday hidden life. Images that are the time of the people and the people in their time.