Posts by: Sukruti Anah Staneley

‘A Thousand Polluted Gardens’ in the Heart of Bangladesh’s Capital


In the heart of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, lies the infamous city of Hazaribagh, a densely populated and deeply polluted land. Lying on the eastern banks of the Buriganga river, Hazaribagh floods its waterways with approximately 22,000 cubic meters of hazardous waste, including the carcinogen – hexavalent chromium, every day. Spread across these 25 acres is Bangladesh’s one billion dollar leather industry, dotted with over 200 leather tanneries, each respectively contributing pollutants to its increasingly lethal layers of air, soil and water.

Indian Photographer Captures Rituals Devoted to the Goddess Sitala


The teachings of total dependency on Gods are incorporated from the very early stages of childhood. But they are more prone to make someone God-fearing rather than God-loving.


In another one of those superstitious rituals, a mother is told to walk over her child lying in a pool of water on the bare road to bring well being to the child.

For centuries now, Goddess Sitala is worshipped across India and believed to cure fever and such, she is also referred to as the Smallpox Goddess. She is said to have emerged in medical texts around the sixteenth century. The Kolkata-based photographer, Arka Dutta, however, sees through this deity, her followers and their rituals.

Intimacy and Youth Captured Beautifully in the Blue Ridge Mountains



Alec Castillo began making photographs here – nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the peaks often appearing in his grainy, black and white photographs. This was a time that Castillo termed as a ‘weird transitional phase’ of making new friends and rummaging about for an identity that fit. This is when he looked through the viewfinder to reflect, and inherently construct an identity. He introduces us to individuals – new friends among old ones – in a manner that moves beyond portraiture, traversing personal identity in the larger context of social groups.

This Mother with Muscular Dystrophy Loves Her Life


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For Camilla Nielsen, the choice of motherhood was an extraordinary risk. Over thirty-three years now, Camilla has been living a doughty life with muscular dystrophy, and she loves this life. This incurable condition progressively weakens her musculoskeletal system and the pregnancy has further deteriorated her state, as well as risking the transmission of genes. But surrounded by her caring boyfriend Jesper and three young children, Camilla has a luminous spirit carrying her from one day to the next.

Making a 44-Day Journey Along the Ganges River, a Photographer Pays Tribute to a Hindu Goddess



Stretching across about 1557 miles, from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the river Ganges is considered to carry holy waters across northern India and parts of Bangladesh. The river Ganges, personified in Hindu mythology as Goddess Ganga, originates in a small town called Gangotri in Uttrakhand, situated in northern India. As the Gangotri Glacier melts slowly, its icy waters flow through green hills, half-naked pilgrims and agricultural land, contaminating everything in its way.

Beautiful Yet Sinister Photographs Capture an Invasive Plant Species Known As ‘Kudzu’

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The garden

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Alabama fields

Known as one of the world’s most aggressive and invasive plant species, the Pueraria lobate, commonly known as Kudzu, covers about seven million hectares in southern parts of America and is spreading at a rate of thirty centimeters each day. It is climbing over other plants and completely consuming areas with its shade, killing other natural growth in the process.

Polaroids Reveal the Innermost Thoughts of Soldiers on the Frontlines in Ukraine


Borys, 74, from Kiev. “I thought, why are they taking a picture of me and what will happen to Ukraine.”

Denis, 19, from Kiev. About mother.

Denis, 19, from Kiev. [I’m thinking] about mother.

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian revolution and the Maidan uprising in 2014, the armed conflict that followed in the Donbass region hauled the photographer-duo Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni back to document the people at the frontlines.

A Glimpse at Life Inside the Saudi Aramco Residential Camp, Where Saudi Arabian and American Culture Collide



Pakistani American photographer Ayesha Malik was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, but not the Saudi Arabia that comes to mind at first. Malik grew up inside the guarded compounds of the Saudi Aramco Residential Camp in Dhahran, where only employees and their relations — about 4000 families spread across 22.5 square miles — are permitted to live. Aramco, officially known as the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, is the country’s national petroleum and gas company, and possibly the world’s most valuable company.

Spirited Portraits of Bangladeshi Children Who’ve Transformed a Landfill Site Into Their Personal Playground

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For his project, the Bangladeshi photographer Farhad Rahman travelled to the outskirts of Dhaka and came across areas where landfills were under construction. Here he met and befriended a small group of local children that made this land their playground. “That moment actually took me to the memory of my childhood,” he said, “When I used to live in a small town and spend lots of time with my friends playing in the field.” The children were lost in their own world and created scenes that amused them, like a fantasy game; their charades unfolded before the camera. Oblivious to the temporary nature of this playground, the children continued to play and entertain themselves over the six months that Rahman visited them.

The Bustle of the Great Urban Landscape As Seen by Photographer Wolfgang Hildebrand



Drawn to the bustle of the great urban landscape, the German photographer Wolfgang Hildebrand sought out some of the largest cities in the world for his on-going project Moment. Fascinated by the oscillating tempers and an omnipresent furor of the city, Hildebrand found himself enticed by the “constant transformation that takes place,” not only in terms of infrastructure, but also the changes that occur between these moments. In Moment, Hildebrand explores the idea of the undefined moment or series of moments within a single frame. “Our eyes can only perceive a fraction of the environment accurately,” he explained, “The rest is likely built up by our brain from memories and experiences.” Hildebrand creates this very ‘image’ that is not a singular moment, but a collection of moments – a not-so-common trait of photography as a medium.

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