Fisherman on an artificial lake built on the land left by the receding Aral Sea. In 1964 the rivers supplying the Aral Sea were pumped dry to irrigate cotton crops, the so-called ‘white gold’ of Central Asia. After that autumn the tide never returned. Nowadays the water has receded over 100 kilometres from Muynak. With a bit of luck, he will catch a snake fish, one of the few species that survives in the salty water. Three to four tonnes of fish were once caught here each day. Most of the town’s working population are without employment. With few or no prospects, many families have left the area.