#WomenWednesday – Happy Slum Dwellers

Technically not the best image by any stretch but I do love the moment captured here. Three camera-shy women in one of the poorest slums of Mumbai proudly invite us into their home, but not before an informal photo-shoot which lasted all of three seconds before they darted inside.

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Dharavi Slums of Mumbai

In April of 2010 I went to visit the Dharavi slums of Mumbai. Twice. It was a most incredible experience and we really got to grips with the society and culture there. This is a large set of almost 100 images, all in different styles, documenting many aspects of the slums. For the record I’m a little uncomfortable using the word ‘slum’ as it’s both a little insulting and a misrepresentation of Dharavi.

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Colaba, Downtown Mumbai

Colaba is downtown Mumbai. It’s the gentrified part of the city where university buildings sit next to the law courts, art deco apartment blocks and 60s prefabs. It is also the first part of Mumbai that we, as yotties having arrived by boat, get to see. My brother, having seen the photographs, described it as a tropical London. That’s not far off the mark.

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