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Stone Harbor

Published June 27th, 2012

Salma and Giyas are working in the stone trading area which is popularly known as Korean Ghat situated in the bank of river Buriganga adjacent to Amin Bazar territory of Dhaka. Both of them have engaged with this work of earning wages since they got married few years ago. Salma is an enthusiastic young woman of 29 and Giyas is a man of 36. They have two children living away from them with their grandparents in the remote downtown. Giyas and Salma spend night in a temporary tent in the site where they work along with other wage-earners. They visit their children once in a week at their off day.

It is true that they, like the 65 percent low-income population in the megacity that mostly are slum dwellers, live from hand to mouth. Even though they have their own way of making life meaningful under such miserable circumstances. They save money for the sake of their children. Both of them are agreed that the children certainly bring better days in their life. They decided to let their children go to school without involving them with child-labor.

They make room for entertaining themselves every evening with gossiping and singing spiritual songs encircled with fellow tent-mates. It works like a tonic to keep them energetic for the next day of working hard. They love to listen Momtaz, a popular female folk singer in the country, and watch Bangla movies aired on television channels in the nearby tea-stalls. They have a hidden desire to make their upcoming life as bright as diamond.

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Stone Harbor 1

Salma and Gyas, the couple is busy to ensure their daily meal.

  • January 17th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/6.3 / 1/500 sec
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Stone Harbor 2

Oh! Peace! (Gyas takes rest for a moment of after heavy work.)

  • January 18th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/5 / 1/400 sec
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Stone Harbor 3

Unloading stone-chips from river-vessel to plain ground

  • January 18th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/7.1 / 1/800 sec
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Stone Harbor 4

Tent of dwelling in working site where Salma & Giyas return every day to sleep

  • January 18th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/5.6 / 1/400 sec
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Stone Harbor 5

Salma is in working

  • January 18th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/6.3 / 1/500 sec
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Stone Harbor 6

Refreshment at lunch-break having traditional tobacco

  • January 17th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/6.3 / 1/500 sec
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Stone Harbor 7

A fractional view of working in stone-crashing area

  • January 17th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/7.1 / 1/800 sec

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ZAHIDUR RAHMAN  almost 7 years ago

like it.....