Was just going through one of the blogs on my Blogroll called Project Dharavi
which is documenting the life around Asia’s largest slum. The members includes writers, painters and photographers who are documenting Dharavi through their medium of choice.
I remembered doing a photo essay as a part of my Journalism school assignment which also revolved around the same theme. I was visiting Dharavi for the first time back then and was completely impressed with the enterprising individuals i came across there. Leather tannery, farsan making units, lantern workshops, hand painted diyas were just some of the many cottage industries i came across there.
I mainly concentrated on the Kumharwada or Potter’s Colony. Since i had gone shooting just a few weeks prior to Diwali that year, the potter’s colony was buzzing with activity. Here are two photographs from that series, where i finally came across a potter who was shaping his pots on the potter’s wheel. I was tired of seeing the electronic wheel where ever i went. I know it was convenient, but having grown up with the vision of seeing pots being shaped on the wheel (which was rotated manually) i guess i wanted to see it live.
I guess it is about time i make another trip to this wonderful place.
PS : Working on the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2011 photo blog post. Stay tuned.
Happy New Year to all visitors. I know I am being a bit too early about it:D Just realized along with the new year, I have also completed one year on this blog. It wasn’t planned to be this way. I just knew last year that I had to come up with a dedicated photo blog to keep my photography in perspective. Make mistakes. Learn.
The picture above was taked in Mumbai. Yeah, this building is in Mumbai. It’s called Cotton Green. And located around the Cotton green station on the Harbour Line. A ramshackle place, its like a time capsule, transferring you to a completely different era. I was out there along with a friend to shoot for her photo-story. Here I captured the building along with a human element to get an idea of the scale of the building.
Would like to keep that as one of the themes for this year. Capturing offbeat places from Mumbai, which are not so popular, yet have an innate charm that can attract definite attention. An interesting aspect of this place for instance was that in the heydays when Cotton trading was the in thing in Mumbai, this place was among the happening places after the Cotton Exchange building in Kalbadevi. Fascinating history. Will look up some more history in the coming year