Project Description

Daily live at Kaoran Bazar slum along the railway that crosses Dhaka suburbs  – Bangladesh (December 2018)

Dhaka has 12 milion inhabitants, of which 3 million live in slums, huge areas made of hovels with mat walls and tin-plated roofs that are rebuilt after every rainy season.

Rice drying fields – Bangladesh (December 2018)

The staple food of Bangladesh is rice. This rice comes in shape through some processing of paddy. After harvesting the paddy from the field it comes to the paddy drying zone for drying. Lots of workers both male and female work for their livelihood. The children of the workers grow up working and playing in this area.

Because of low payment of the worker their children do not get enough facilities for their living. Paddy drying is often a problem in Bangladesh due to rain and cloudy weather in summer, and fog and short day in winter. To protect paddy from this bad weather the round shaped covers are used. After completing drying it is sent to another area for further processing.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – the happiest people in the world (2018)

Two countries, one people – no peace. There is still no peace between North and South Korea, despite the  Korean War ending more than 60 years ago. Citizens remain separated by thy ‘demilitarized zone’ (DMZ), one of the most heavily armed borders in the world.

I visited North Korea last September 2018. Places: Pyongyang, Sariwon, DMZ, the opening ceremony of the mass game (7th September), military parade on National Day (7th September), Chongjin, Sea Chilbo, Mt Chilbo.

Cormorant fishing in Li River (Guilin – China) – a dying art (2018)

Cormorant fishing is a traditional way of life on the Li river in the past. These days most of the Li river is closed to fishing for environmental reasons and the cormorant fishing is a dying art.

The cormorants are trained to dive into the river among the school of fish that live in the clear water. After catching a fish the birds return to the boat where the fisherman removes the fish from the bird. The bird is prevented form swallowing the fish by a ring that is placed around the neck of the bird. The bird is rewarded for its work by its owner. This method ws first practiced in 960 AD.

In September 2018 I visited the cormorant fishermen. The following serie of images were shot by myself.

The last en youngest of the fisherman in XingPing is mister Huang Neng Di (62) locals call him Blackbeard. The other fishermen are mr. Huang Yue Ming (85) and his brother mr. Huang Yue Chuang (78). Both retired.

Dhaka shipyard- Bangladesh (2016)

Shipyard on the Buriganga River, opposite Sadarghat (Dhaka)

Towering near the banks of Buriganga River on the outskirts of Dhake, the crude shipyards are a frighteningly dangerous if, fascinating, hive of industrial activity. The facilities, which employ around 15,000 workers at around $5 a day, work both to repare massive shipping vessels as well as create new ships from parts. Workers can be seen torches and welding equipment to tears huge pieces of metal from the vessels, without eye, hand or face protection. Other workers will be found calling the tall ships on ramshackle ladders or strolling along the high edges of the ship decks, the only thing to keep them from falling is their own balace. Injuries are common on the site, but the buzz of activity doesn’t stop.

Many hands make light work – Bangladesh (2016)

Manuel sand, coal unloaders: hard labour in Bangladesh by man and women.

Kalash people from Chitral area – Pakistan  (2017)

The Kalash are a Dardic indigenous people residing in the Chitral district of Khyber Paktunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Pakistan is a islamic republic (more than 95% of the population), the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language. The Kalash poeple are also noted for their fair skin and blue eyes, leading to a popular hypothesis that they were of Greek origin, specifically the descendants of Alexander the Great’s soldiers who followed him on his campaign in India. Total of population ca. 4,100.

Forgotten Bihari People  – Bangladesh (2016)

The slum in northern Dhaka is only slightly larger than an acre but the tin-and-concrete homes packed inside its borders hold upwards of 25,000 inhabitants. The neighborhood, known as “Geneva Camp”, is crowded and undeveloped; families of ten people typically live together in single rooms, there is only one latrine for every ninety families and no more than 5 percent of the population has a formal education.

The Biharis are descendents of Muslim refugees who fled from India in 1947 to escape religious violence. They speak Urdu, making them clear outsiders in a population in which 98 percent of people are ethnic Bengali and speak Bangla. Today – more than 45 years after the war – the stranded Biharis are still living in the camps. A stateless and forgotten people, they are subject of widespread discrimination. Forbidden to hold passports or even enroll in most schools, the Biharis count themselves among the poorest and most marginalized in all of Bangladesh.

Saffron harvest – Iran (2016)

Saffron is the most expensive and sought after spice in the world, commonly know as red gold. The undisputed capital for saffron production is Iran, where the tradition dates back over 3,000 years. The country produces over 90% of the 250 tons produced worldwide each year, boosted by unique ecological that deliver a strong-flavored, aromatic crop that is a staple of local cuisine, cosmetics and traditional medicine.

Harvest time is in November. In 2016 I stayed a few days at a family located near the Afghan border and helped the family with the harvest.