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Mumbai Sleeping | Photography: Dhruv Dhawan

Mumbai Sleeping | Photography: Dhruv Dhawan | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

I began photographing Mumbai Sleeping in the summer of 2009 to explore the diversity of a basic human experience such as sleep. I was in awe of the taxi drivers in particular who slept in such a romantic balance with their vehicles after leaving their families in the rural parts of India to make a living in the city of dreams. 

I was also motivated by the opportunity to photograph people while they are unaware of the camera and to remove the politics of the pose from my images. In this sense I liked to believe I was capturing portraits of the unconscious. 

Of the few people that awoke while I was photographing them, no one objected to my actions after I explained what I was doing. I remain ever grateful to India and its people that allow artists to capture real life without the politics of consent.

Over 350 images later I still find myself compelled to document this phenomena of urbanization in the 21st century where space has become so scarce in a city like Mumbai that 'private' acts are often conducted in public. Mumbai Sleeping is a testament to the strength and human spirit of the lower class urban population that drive the wheel of the city by day and sleep on it at night - forcing us to question whether a good night’s sleep is a luxury or a necessity.

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12 millions d’enfants dans la rue en Inde | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

12 millions d’enfants dans la rue en Inde | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

N’importe quel voyageur qui a erré en Inde, y a aperçu un peu partout, des mioches groupés ou seuls, un peu perdu, un peu hagard, tumultueusement livides, dépenaillés, boueux, crasseux mais le regard si intense qu’il vous crispe d’une émotion poignante.


En Inde, ces enfants SDF, sont estimé à12 millions !

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