A Word About The Hope Foundation
The major effort of the charity that sponsored this workshop, Hope Calcutta, is working with street and orphan children in feeding, education, and medical care. Hope has its own hospital with a staff of doctors and a dedicated nursing staff. Here some of our photo workshop participants are visiting the hospital.
The Chetla Slum
Not far from our hotel in the southern suburb of Tollygunge, is a slum hard by the railway in an area called Chetla.
The children of the street and the slums live in appalling conditions, often dangerous ones. These are the tracks they play on and live next to.
Somehow they seem to know that a train is coming down a particular track and move to one side. But will the toddlers get out of the way in time?
The laundry dries on the ballast while in the background a group of men play cards.
Sweet, kind faces everywhere. Always friendly and curious they used the few English words they knew.
A Chetla high-rise. You will be surprised to see satellite dishes here.
The kids are delighted to see their photographs. Jonny Seymour from the photo workshop is enjoying their participation.
This father and child made for a wonderful family portrait. I was pleased the next day to have a print made and hand deliver it to him. The entire slum seemed to turn out to look at the image.
Until next time,