I am not going to write anything particularly political here. The relatively recently established state (formerly part of Bihar) of Jharkhand is dominated by the highly mechanised, open cast coal-mining operations. During my time in Jharkhand filming and photographing with All We Can* I had the opportunity to visit one of these mines. Such mines are a collection of contrasts; bright saris sway in the jet black coal fields, sweat and manual labour set against huge machines, legal and illegal money making work side-by-side. I simply had the chance to observe and my observations are simple:
- I am blessed to be born into a part of the world where I do not have to consider this as my only choice for employment. It is difficult, dangerous and dirty work.
- The men and women of the mines graft incredibly hard.
- Red and pink saris may look beautiful set against the black coal but there is nothing romantic about coal-mining.
It is always a privilege to be reminded of what life is for so many around the world. The hardships, blisters and rough hands gained to earn a simple living. I am not going to caption the photos today but I thank every individual pictured here who allowed me to share in their morning labour.
*All views expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of All We Can.