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Brick Lane Street | Photographer: Serge Bouvet

Brick Lane Street | Photographer: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Brick Lane is a street in East London, England, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It runs from Swanfield Street in the northern part of Bethnal Green, crosses Bethnal Green Road, passes through Spitalfields and is linked to Whitechapel High Street to the south by the short stretch of Osborn Street. Today, it is the heart of the city's Bangladeshi-Sylheti community and is known to some as Banglatown. It is famous for its many curry houses and the graffiti's artists. The French photographer Serge Bouvet stayed 3 hours in this street to shoot the lovely pedestrians.

 

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The Oracles of Kodungallur | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

The Oracles of Kodungallur | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The Oracles of Kodungallur celebrate their festival in the Bhagawati temple in Kerala, which usually occurs between the months of March and April. It involves sacrifice of cocks and shedding of the Oracles own blood, to appease the goddess Kali and her demons who are said to relish blood offerings. A chaotic religious event attended by thousands of devotees and their extended families, and certainly not for the fainthearted.

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Theyyam performers | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

Theyyam performers  | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"I've added a couple of galleries to my recently published website:www.telsawy.com. One of the galleries groups photographs of The Sufis, while the other has a grouping of Theyyam performers.

Red is the color of fire and blood, and associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, courage, desire, and love. And it's used in many religious rituals and festivals in India, and worn by religious practitioners such as the Theyyam of Northern Malabar and theVellichapads (or Oracles) of Kodunggallur.

Theyyam is a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it includes many of the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in the Malabar region. The word Theyyam is a corrupt form of Devam or God. People of the region consider Theyyam itself as a god and seek blessings from them. 


As for the Oracles of Kodungallur, they celebrate both Kali and Shiva at an intense festival that lasts about a week.In their thousands, these red-clad devotees perform self mortification acts by banging on their heads with ceremonial swords repeatedly until blood trickle down their foreheads, and daub the wounds with turmeric. A photo essay titled Agony & Ecstasydocuments the Oracles religious event. 

And yes, I do like the color red." (Tewfic El-Sawy)

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50 years later | Photography : Shiho Fukada

50 years later | Photography : Shiho Fukada | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

It is estimated that in the past thirty years trafficking of women and children in Asia for sexual exploitation has victimized over 30 million people.  It is generally estimated that there are around 20,000 -30,000 female sex workers working through 15-20 licensed brothels in Bangladesh. These victims usually come from poor families, lured into promises of a better life for themselves and their families.

 

They might be offered a job or an education, while others are kidnapped and sold by friends and family members for profit. It is a ruthless business where money overpowers basic human rights. Once they are sold to a madam, they are bonded for a few years, making no money. Even after they are freed, many girls remain at a brothel due to lack of education, social prejudice, and economic necessity.

 

They also believe that their families would suffer several social taboos such as the loss of self respect and social dignity. Children who are born into brothels have limited opportunities because it is unlawful for children raised in brothels to attend school. Some girls have few options but to follow in their mother's footsteps as a sex worker, passing the profession on to the next generation.  Growing old does not mean the end of one’s career, but it does mean working harder for a fraction of the pay a younger woman can expect.

 

There is a significant client demand for young girls, with a positive correlation between the youth of the worker, the number of clients she services and her level of income. As they get older, they find it difficult to get customers and struggle to make a living. Though young and attractive girls can earn about 100 tks (70 tks = US1D) per service, old ones can only charge 30 to 50 tks. "

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