Get Featured: Paul Freimanis
Paul has been on a trip across India, and while he was there he shot a project on an X-Pan. As I have a total weakness for this camera there is nothing I like more than sharing a project shot on one. Check it out.
Everything was shot on a Hasselblad Xpan and I’m pretty sure I was using Neopan 400 B&W.
Bolha Sharma is 18 years old. He lives in a slum with his family along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi. Everyday from sunrise, he makes his way down to one of the many railway bridges that span the Yamuna River where he docks his makeshift raft. His raft is a large plastic sack, stuffed with sealed empty plastic bottles and stitched together with twine. His paddle is simply a sliver of wood tied to a bamboo pole. He has an old rope stretching out behind him as he paddles from bank to bank beneath the bridge, and after each trip he stops and pulls up the rope, to reveal a camshaft.
The camshaft was taken from an abandoned truck, and acts as a magnet to collect the coins that are dropped from the passenger trains that rumble across the tracks above. The passengers throw coins into the river as an offering to the river goddess, Yamuna, with the belief that it will bring luck and fortune.
Bolha is one of many young men who swim, dive, and sift their way through the muddy waters to search for coins and trinkets. One day of coin diving typically earns a mere one hundred rupees.
Thanks for sharing your work with us, Paul. What a fascinating and well documented story.
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