More B&W film photos of the kelong here.
At Sea tells the story of a group of young Singaporeans who have chosen fish farming as their career – an unorthodox, unseen and necessary profession. In Singapore, where success is determined largely by financial and (societally determined) professional status, becoming a fish farmer achieves neither. Farming has a history of being stigmatised, and then promoted again, lately, albeit only in incredibly mechanised, technological forms that remove the human element from its practice. At Sea follows the workers of OnHand Agrarian, which aims to rear fish and bivalves in environments that replicate their natural ecosystems, and recirculate inputs and outputs to achieve a closed-loop system. At this time and place, in light of the many links that have been drawn between climate change and environmental problems, and industrial agriculture, carbon emissions arising from huge quantities of food traded, (as a result of globalising tastes and preferences etc.), there is a need to highlight alternative forms of agriculture, and those who pursue it, to present alternatives to a country (and the world) that prioritises only economic development and technological efficiency over sustainable solutions that connect people to the environment.