The Sweatshops of Dharavi in Mumbai
So last year I undertook a personal challenge to attempt to do some photojournalism. I have always had a love of photojournalism and admired the photographers who did it, my photographic idol include Chris Hondros and James Nachtwey right up the top. So I packed my bag and headed for India with nothing but a vague idea of what I wanted to achieve and the people I wanted to interact with. I decided early on that I was going to stay in one city and explore it as much as possible and I chose Mumbai/ Bombay to be that city. I arrived and immediately started to explore, walking for miles every day into areas most tourists would avoid such as Slums and industrial districts, not once did I feel threatened; actually the complete opposite, I felt welcomed and people were amazed that I had taken the time to get to know the hidden parts of the city off my own back. A lot of the time I would not even get my camera out, I would sit and talk, smoke or eat with people getting to know them and what they were about was as important to me as depicting them through my imagery. I began to make some really good connections and was being invited deeper into these peoples lives and I began to be allowed into their places of work, what the western world refers to as a "sweatshop". I spent time in each one getting to know the people who worked there and getting them comfortable with my presence, I think this helped in achieving the portraits I was after. All images are shot on a Nikon D700 with a 50mm lens which meant I had to be close to and interact with the people I photographed I hope you enjoy these images and it makes you consider the people who work in these areas.