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The Coconut Man

This is the last photo of the Kerala series. The man who harvests coconuts at my parents' house. I don't think I have seen a more agile human being ever! He climbed up 5 coconut trees and brought down around 50 coconuts in under 35 minutes. All that he needed for his job was a couple of choir harnesses (one he used around his feet and the other as a grip in his hands to climb and descend from the tree) and a machete to bring the ripe coconuts down. A simple no nonsense approach, but a skill that is fast disappearing from the land. His fees - just 2 Dollars and a coconut. Here he is seen picking the coconuts that fell on the street.

The Coconut Man

This is the last photo of the Kerala series. The man who harvests coconuts at my parents' house. I don't think I have seen a more agile human being ever! He climbed up 5 coconut trees and brought down around 50 coconuts in under 35 minutes. All that he needed for his job was a couple of choir harnesses (one he used around his feet and the other as a grip in his hands to climb and descend from the tree) and a machete to bring the ripe coconuts down. A simple no nonsense approach, but a skill that is fast disappearing from the land. His fees - just 2 Dollars and a coconut. Here he is seen picking the coconuts that fell on the street.

comments (8)

A great picture here Thomas, and interesting to read about him.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Frances, I'm glad you like it.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Oct 2011, 00:50
I believe he is carrying the harnesses wound around his head in this excellent image, Thomas.

Skills, like those you describe, are wonderful to observe. The sad thing is they are disappearing at a faster rate now than ever before.
Thomas Mathew: Yes Ray - that is the harness that he is wearing around his head. He has it on his head even when he is not working - I guess it is some ancient practice that would help others identify his profession. Thanks for the comment.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Oct 2011, 06:16
It looks like a photo from a bygone era, both the sepia and the subject from what you are telling us. Very interesting picture
Thomas Mathew: I thought the sepia worked for this picture smile Thank you for stopping by lisl
Wow a timeless shot, really good.
Thomas Mathew: Thanks John, glad you like it.
I like the chosen colorant for this image.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Chantal
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Oct 2011, 18:02
In the UK, this activity would be banned on health and safety grounds (an excuse for many inactivities these days!). This looks like it could have been taken many years ago.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you for stopping by Alan
He may be an old man Thomas but looking at the muscles in his arms and legs... i would say that he will be harvesting coconuts for many more years... i like your shot as well as your treatment of it....petersmile
Incredible! I love the way you've captured this, and the Sepia is perfectly suited!

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