Just minutes away from Mumbai's touristy Coloba district is Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open air laundromat. Servicing the city's ten million plus inhabitants, the predominantly male workforce spends each day washing laundry, mostly by hand. The work is strenuous, the heat and humidity, extreme and the vapors from the detergent, nauseating. From dusk til dawn the men stand in small pools of chemical water beating the clothes against concrete walls. It was exhausting just to walk around taking pictures, I can't imagine the strength it takes to actually put in a days work here. It was yet another experience in India that really had an impact on me. It's so humbling to meet people who work so hard for so little.... really puts things into perspective.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Looks can be deceiving..... it's a term I found to be especially true for the people of India and these men are a perfect example. They look intense and may seem unfriendly, yet they were anything but. All of them were warm, gracious and humble. It was an incredible experience photographing so many kind people.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Pushkar camel fair is an epic event that draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over Rajasthan. Unfortunately, during my visit I was incredibly sick so I didn't get to shoot/experience more of it..... guess I'll have to go back one day.
Near the gates of the Taj Mahal, labourers work tirelessly moving sand from a pit. On average these men and women earn less than six dollars a day. The work was grueling, the temperature was hovering over 30 degrees celcius and the humidity was suffocating, yet they didn't seem unhappy.
Delhi is a challenging city to say the least, it's said to be the dirtiest in India and for good reason. It shocks the senses with a bombardment of constant noise, unimaginable amounts of garbage strewn in every direction, awful smells and utter chaos. It was my first stop on the trip and had me questioning my decision to visit India, however, after a couple of days I adjusted and began to enjoy it.... but still, I was glad to move on.