Awards

Hi all, please excuse the blatant self-promotion, but a collaborative project I shot has just won first prize at the All About Photo award, so I thought I'd share the good news.

At the very least, there's lots of fantastic photography in the winners gallery to look at (not quite sure how I made it in to be honest!).

Hope you're all having a super day. PDF attached.

 

In 2016, I created a series of portraits featuring market porters in Asia’s largest wholesale market - Barabazar in Kolkata.

I was initially drawn to these subjects because of their herculean task of carrying implausibly-sized objects through the bustle of a mega market.

As I photographed these workers in isolation, separated from the throng of their industry, I discovered that many of the subjects had travelled far from their homes for this work, leaving families and familiarity behind in order to earn a living.

In 2020, I collaborated with retoucher Featherwax to digitally relocate these portraits into surreal fictional landscapes. This series is an attempt at representing something of the experience of the migrant labourer; the sense of dislocation, the burden of their work and the courage it takes to make ends meet.

Tom