Midweek writing prompt – net-menders

Asia Pacific Winner - Ly Hoang Long - Net MendingIsn’t this an extraordinary image? I find it incredibly potent. It’s by Ly Hoang Long, Asia Pacific Winner in the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition. I love the saturated hues and the mass of delicate but strong netting, the skilled, patient fisherfolk mending their nets. Nets are a powerful symbol – they’re cast into a perilous environment of unfeasible depths, and drawn up carrying riches, horrors, joy, disappointment. They can be treacherous, yet potentially provide all we need to live.

This scene also brings to mind the Moirai, or Fates, who in Greek Mythology manipulated the threads of life of every mortal being. The idea of unknowable figures weaving, snipping and altering our lives is a striking one., but who’s to say the figures shown here aren’t simply taking control of their own lives?

If you write something prompted by this, please let me know by sending an email to Judy(at)socket creative.com. With your permission, I’d love to share it on SkyLightRain.com.