This trio of photographs were all taken within touching distance of one another at Malik Ghat flower market in Kolkata, India. The iconic Howrah Bridge looms over the surroundings, attracting a constant stream of Hollywood and Bollywood film crews. The series is intended to illustrate the diversity of Indian life that coexists within such a small expanse of space.
‘Work’ depicts traditional market workers weaving floral decorations: the mind in its most lucid state. ‘Play’ illustrates two young wrestlers after a bout: the mind it its most attentive state. Finally, ‘Pray’ shows the mind its most contemplative state as a man makes offerings to the Ganges River.
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