*Project Ten: Dark
“I want deeper photographs: honest photographs that are alive, not merely really big or really sharp” – David DuChemin in his Manifesto.
These pictures are true candids taken without my subjects posing, in their true habitats and natural states. These images do not have shallow dept of field or sharp faces or well lit backgrounds or foregrounds for that matter. Many of these are bad photographs, i admit.
It truly breaks my heart when i see little children having to earn their living. I do not necessarily think going to school is the solution for everyone on the planet. Some of the successful entrepreneurs in India started out as kids who worked on the street from a very early age. Maybe this is the best way for lots of these kids. But it still breaks my heart to see a child work so hard. This was the first thing that came to my mind when i saw the theme for December: ‘Dark’.
She is 9. She recently quit school on her own accord to go work in the cotton fields with her mother. Her uncle is my grandfathers employee and drives a harvester. He took me to go talk to her and convince her to go back to school.
He said he doesnt know his age. Maybe he was scared of me. He sells naphthalene balls in the alleys around Charminar.
When i showed him the photo i clicked of him, he ran and fetched his friends and they asked to be clicked too. I went home with one of everything they sold. They look happy but its still heartbreaking for me.
She is 8. There was a power outage and no water supply for the day. She didnt go to school today to make water runs to help her mother. She said she needs to make about 4 of them in the morning and each walk is a kilometer one way.
Her brother came behind her. He quit school a year ago and helps his family full time. He asked to be clicked as well.
Yana. Age 6. She wants to go to school but hasnt yet because of no schools nearby and her parents think she is too young to go away. She will, next year. This year, she helps her mother who works as a maid.
Works in a clothing store. Didnt have the guts to go closer and click with the store manager staring at me. Or go talk to him.
Age 13. Works full time as a sugarcane juice vendor. He is training his younger brother to take over soon.
An 8 year old coconut water vendor. His father, who sells food nearby, would come down every couple of minutes to track the money made and talk his son.
Sells these beautiful bronze statues. Didnt get to talk to him. Dont know his story.
Few of the many many stories that exist.
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