There are two sides to every coin. In day-to-day usage of the term, it would mean that everything in life has a good side and a bad side.
Consider the state of the mind—there are happy people, and there are sad people; there are healthy people, and there are sick people; there are rich people, and there are poor people. We, as photographers, like to document all that is around us. Traditionally, most ﬁ ne-art photographers like to photograph landscapes, stiff lives, or nudes. But have we ever considered how the ‘other half’ – the poor, live? What are their priorities in life? What are their possessions–a television, a chair, a bicycle, a goat, a dog, water to drink? How do they survive under these horrible conditions?Five Mumbai based photographers decided to document just that. They decided to photograph the way of life in the slums.Think it over. These poor, unfortunate people could be you!This group show was curated by Jagdish Agarwal, founder of Dinodia Photo Library.
As I turned a corner in the small lanes of the slum, I saw this barber. What caught my attention was the well-dressed barber, in full-sleeve shirt and full length trousers, serious looking spectacles, and bald head. He was sitting squat on the slum ﬂ oor and cutting the hair of a small child. The boys father was sitting squat next to him, without a shirt. The criss cross lines of the bright tin sheet behind, nicely seperated the three ﬁ gures. The dark hollow space of the slum door balances the picture. The white cloth that is around the child, reﬂ ects light beautifully on the childs dark face. I clicked when the boy looked up, to expose the whites of his eyes. My picture was complete.