This week’s photo challenge was a pretty difficult one with the theme juxtaposition, meaning “two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect”.
Something that has struck me most on my travels in places such as Malaysia, Africa and India, is the contrast between rich and poor, where they live and work right alongside each other. The locals don’t seem to notice this and everyone just muddles in together getting on with the daily grind of life but, to an outsider, the contrast is huge.
During my recent trip to India I came across a lot of situations like this, but mostly in Mumbai, the most populated and modern city in India; a city listed in the top ten cities in the world for billionaires yet over 50% of the population live in slums. Taking a stroll along a street you will pass expensive shops such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier, and 10 steps further a mother and her children will be sleeping on the street, trying to get warm under one blanket and begging for scraps of food or money from passersby.
This is a photo I took in Mumbai at the Dhobi Ghats, a large open-air laundromat where the locals work for hours every day hand washing thousands of items of clothing along with laundry from hotels and hospitals. Directly behind them are Mumbai’s giant modern skyscrapers where the other side of Mumbai go to work in their suits and sit in their offices overlooking the Ghats. Two very different types of working environments right alongside each other; where the rich and poor mix together to make this vibrant city what it is.