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Working India

A series of environmental portraits shot at a variety of locations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata and Darjeeling/Himalayas.

After a few days in India, I was finding it difficult to shoot candid imagery without being noticed, but was struck by the fervour and intensity of working life, and the granular division of labour that doesn’t exist in the UK any more. Everywhere you go, almost everyone is working, all the time, at something, often a very specific and often skilled trade.

So, I focused on portraits – whether candid or taken with the permission of the subject – of people at work, aiming to reveal something about their profession, their working environments, and more than that, their dignity, humour, determination and character.

Working India

Wool Spinner, Darjeeling

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Fishermen, Chennai Strand (shot on Leica M6 & film)

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Jewellers, Kolkata (shot on Leica M6 & film)

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Tea Picker, Coonoor

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Garlic Seller, Ootacamund

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Scaffolders, Kolkata

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Hindu Priest, Kolkata

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Scarf Weaver, Darjeeling

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Temple Guardian and descendant of Naba, Kolkata

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Temple Decorator, Kolkata

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Daydreaming Pilgrim, Chennai Central Train Station

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Tea Packer, Coonoor.

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Chai Tea Seller, Kolkata

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Coolie on a break, Chennai

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Beef Butchers, Coonoor

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Houseworking Mother with Children, Chennai

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Guide, Kolkata

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Concierge, Ootacamund

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Steam Train Engineer, Himalayan Mountain Railway, Ghum.

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Sculpture Designer, Kolkata

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Sculptor, Kolkata

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Sculpture Salesman, Kolkata

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Charcoal Burner, Coonoor

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Coolie, Kolkata

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Treefall Eucalyptus Leaf Gatherer, Coonoor

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Barber, Kolkata

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Sculpture Painter, Kolkata

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Warden, South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata

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Soldier, Kolkata

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Cathedral Cleaner, Santhome Cathedral, Mylapore

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Eucalyptus Leaf Harvester, Coonoor

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Tobacco Cutter, Kolkata

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Fishmonger, Coonoor

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil Distiller, Coonoor

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Reed Merchant, Kolkata

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Florist, Kolkata

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Betel Leaf Seller, Kolkata

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Garland Maker, Kolkata

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Fishmonger, Kolkata

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Garlic Seller, Coonoor.

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Spice Merchant (shot on Leica M6 & film), Coonoor

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Corn Seller (shot on Leica M6 & film), Chennai Strand

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Hotel Manager, Coonoor

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Egg sellers, Coonoor (shot on Leica M6 & film)

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Tailor, Coonoor

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Worker on a break, Kolkata

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Baker, Kolkata (shot on Leica M6 & film)

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Banana Wallah, Chennai (shot on Leica M6 & film)

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Ironing Wallah, Kolkata

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Rug Trimmer, Darjeeling.

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