Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer Abhishek Singh is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From the project ‘Plight of the Street Children’. To see Abhishek ’s body of work, click on any image.
Ever since I picked up a camera and started doing street photography in the nooks and crannies of Old Delhi and CP as well as other various parts of Delhi, the thing that caught my eye the most is the way the young kids work. I looked carefully at them, and I realized they have no voice, no protection as their childhood is being stolen from them.
It was through observation with my camera that I saw the kids’ various emotions and I decided to showcase the turmoil that they face daily. This brought me to believe that I should tell their story through photographs.
So, I decided to follow the kids and see where their stories begin, and I realized there is more than meets the eye. Seeing the living conditions of the kids: some living on the streets with family; some are abandoned, kidnapped by begging mafia for work and some are sold off.
It was tough not to get emotional but then it made me even more determined to showcase their plight with my snaps.
I spoke to a few people from various NGOs in the slums to get an insight into their world to be able to understand the issues they face and sought their permission to follow few of them around and capture their daily work routine in the gullies of Old Delhi.
This was followed by my venturing into the dumping grounds in and around Delhi. My visits to these forsaken landfills helped me observe the environment which the kids are in, while they work in the collection and sorting of waste material – covered in filth, verbally and physically abused and sometimes even starved.
My aim is to capture the reality of the issues and let it reach the maximum audience at large, as once we are in our comfortable homes, we have no idea of what these little ones constantly face in the streets.
To highlight the issues of street kids isn’t the mere outcome I wish to achieve with this project, for change can only be brought about if I could take it one critical step further and integrate it into the lives of people and make it a matter of social justice.
Through my journey as a street photographer, this one aspect of our society touched me deeply and I feel resolute to bring awareness to this explosive yet hitherto unaddressed issue.
My projects revolve around retelling the plight of the street children’s conditions. In this project I have been collaborating with some NGOS’ who’ve worked on the above issues. My project is also planned as 39-69 digital print on paper for exhibition and planned as 39-69 photo books as documentary.
What this work attempts to do is to look at these globally relevant issues through a different lens. I have tried to locate my work within the discourse of activism while moving beyond traditional tropes of documentary.