A couple of months back, I was doing a story on a sex worker and a wheelchair ridden beggar from Bangladesh, who fell in love and got married. The photo-story was brought to the world by an internationally renowned photographer from Bangladesh.
He is known to capture beauty and joy in the most unimaginable places. Like, brothels for example. And factories where child labourers work, footpaths where the homeless live and slums, where the poverty is stark. But the photographer staunchly believes in showing the unknown stories of suffering according to a famous blog, Horyou.
In simple words, he believes in giving voice to the voiceless. He visits them, mixes up with them and tells their moving stories, through his camera. His website says that he has won over 100 international awards and his photographs have been published in over 100 international journals!
C'mon, let's read more about this humanitarian photographer, and the great work he's going.
We all know poverty is rampant in South Asia. And, those who are poverty-stricken indeed have big hearts. We have all heard of such stories where beggars have given, all that they have, to anyone who's in need.
Even in this photo, look how this woman is peacefully sleeping with a cat. May be this cat is all she has.
Happiness is irrespective of what you possess. One can be absolutely happy even if one doesn't have anything. Because happiness is a state of mind. Agree?
The photographer, under one of his projects, has captured the life in brothels in the most realistic and touching manner. After all, prostitutes are also human beings, whatever their profession is. And prostitutes are known to have really, really big hearts, if you have read history and literature.
A man checking out a potential girl, because in brothels, you can choose women, or objects, shall I say?
Prostitutes standing on the roadside, waiting for their clients in one of the cities in Bangladesh.
Let's talk it out, dear, before we head to the bed.
And why are you smiling like a fool?
C'mon, let's get into the act.
Let's begin with a kiss. Let me force myself on you because I have paid and I have bought you.
Before you scroll, make sure you check the expression on her face.
Does this image bring tears to your eyes? This boy hardly must be around 5 years, his pathetic condition shakes me to the core. Does it shake you too?
This child is collecting polythene, and one more childhood is lost. Surely we were lucky, we had a normal childhood.
And the horizon is totally water. The crops are lost and the water has played enough havoc.
This internationally renowned photographer from Dhaka thinks that there are stories in the darkest of alleys. And that there is joy and happiness in the suffering too!
In his own words, written on his website, "I count myself blessed, having become a photographer. To be able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless, to bring their identity to the forefront gives meaning and purpose to my own life. Through photography, I only jot down my heart's language."
Check out Akash's complete works at his website.
In every country all those sufferers are living the same life. Check out the wall full of bullet marks.
How do you find it? I like the composition, light, and subject.
Glad to come across you, Akash.
Thank you for reading the article. Stay tuned for more such interesting stories.
Image source - GMB Akash