“Haenyo – The Indomitable Diving Grandmas of Jeju Island” They call themselves haenyo (pronounced hen-yuh), which literally means sea women and the whistling sound they made preceding their exit from the depths is called sumbisori. They are representative of a centuries old tradition, one which transformed their island in to a functioning matriarchy but a way of life which today is in danger of disappearing forever.
Portraits have stories: Haenyeo (sea women) is century old culture at the risk of dying out due to modernization. Kim Doo-Soon, 64, wears her diving mask and wetsuit. She is from the fishing village of Hado, Jeju South Korea.