Kathputli Colony, Delhi – One Shot, Two Ways

Kathputli Colony, Delhi – One Shot, Two Ways

Delhi Slums

It is estimated that half of Delhi’s 18 million inhabitants live in slums. Curiously, some of the slums are so called “authorized colonies” but most are “unauthorized colonies.” Life in either is tenuous, and basic services such as clean water and sewage are inadequate or nonexistent. Still the slums continue to swell as more and more people from India’s rural areas come to the cities in hopes of a better life. Many of these settlements have grown into crowded districts more populous than many Western cities.

Above, are two images of a man selling his produce in the Kathputli Colony slum in New Delhi, in keeping with this week’s “Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways,” 

Below, a short distance away a woman is giving a very animated discourse to a captive audience of dhobis, as clothes washers are called.


Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Stunning shots that capture a bit of the life these people lead.

    1. Thank you Colline. Using two shots does tell more of a story.

  2. Great series of photos. I really like the 1st one but all really show how these people live.

  3. Lovely photos. The first portrait closeup is my favourite!!

    1. Thank you Janaline. I think it is probably my favorite too.

  4. Wonderful, wonderful portrait.

    1. Thanks lynn, it is good to hear from you.

  5. Amazing pictures and perfect samples for the challenge. I’m fascinated with the second one; I would say about it: one shot, four stories. Excellent Ron!

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, I much appreciate it.

  6. So many thoughts captured. Beautiful color!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and for visiting.

    1. Thank you Wendy and thanks for stopping by.

  7. Amazing pictures and such a true representation of life in these ‘colonies’…I found the shot of the lady giving a discourse to the dhobis quite funny cause no one is really listening to her, alluding the fact that this might be a repeat lecture:)

    1. Hadn’t thought of it but I’d bet your are right! Thanks for you comment.

  8. Love the single portarit of the man Ron – lots of emotion in that moment. Beautifully done as always.

    1. Thanks Tina, there is always a certain intensity as well as tolerance. life there requires it.

  9. These are absolutely beautiful – each one tells its own story!

    1. Thank you, I am so happy you enjoyed them.

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