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.
Wool Spinner, Darjeeling
Fishermen, Chennai Strand (shot on Leica M6 & film)
Jewellers, Kolkata (shot on Leica M6 & film)
Tea Picker, Coonoor
Garlic Seller, Ootacamund
Hindu Priest, Kolkata
Scarf Weaver, Darjeeling
Temple Guardian and descendant of Naba, Kolkata
Temple Decorator, Kolkata
Daydreaming Pilgrim, Chennai Central Train Station
Tea Packer, Coonoor.
Chai Tea Seller, Kolkata
Coolie on a break, Chennai
Beef Butchers, Coonoor
Houseworking Mother with Children, Chennai
Steam Train Engineer, Himalayan Mountain Railway, Ghum.
Sculpture Designer, Kolkata
Sculpture Salesman, Kolkata
Charcoal Burner, Coonoor
Treefall Eucalyptus Leaf Gatherer, Coonoor
Sculpture Painter, Kolkata
Warden, South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata
Cathedral Cleaner, Santhome Cathedral, Mylapore
Eucalyptus Leaf Harvester, Coonoor
Tobacco Cutter, Kolkata
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Distiller, Coonoor
Reed Merchant, Kolkata
Betel Leaf Seller, Kolkata
Garland Maker, Kolkata
Garlic Seller, Coonoor.
Spice Merchant (shot on Leica M6 & film), Coonoor
Corn Seller (shot on Leica M6 & film), Chennai Strand
Hotel Manager, Coonoor
Egg sellers, Coonoor (shot on Leica M6 & film)
Worker on a break, Kolkata
Baker, Kolkata (shot on Leica M6 & film)
Banana Wallah, Chennai (shot on Leica M6 & film)
Ironing Wallah, Kolkata
Rug Trimmer, Darjeeling.