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Kandapara brothel →

Posted on September 21, 2016

Truly a riveting article and amazing documentary photography. The photographer of this story did a wonderful job at documenting the reality that these women have to endure in a day to day basis. A truly gut wrenching situation. I personally had no idea a place like this existed and much that its 200 years old.

Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries in the world where prostitution is legal. The Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail is the oldest and second-largest in the country — it has existed for some 200 years. It was demolished in 2014, but has been established again with the help of local NGOs. Many of the women were born there, grew up there and didn’t know where else to go when it disappeared.

Kandapara

People congregate inside the Kandapara brothel in Tangail.

Flamenco Girl

Posted on September 15, 2016

I’ve had a nice and long hiatus from photographing, enough to put a lot of things perspective which I hope to share on this blog. Jumping forward, the aspect of a digital darkroom is always evolving and we can get so entrenched in our ways, well at least I have with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop so after hearing so much of Capture One I decided to download the trial and give it a spin. I understand the new muscle memories will have to be built in the process but so far I’m quite impressed with C1. Since I don’t have a full blown catalog, I’m processing some old files from various years and so I figured I would get about 150 images from my 40,000 photo library and start playing with a good chunk of these and see how they fare vs Lightroom. Here’s a quick sample from my old Panasonic GF1, it may not be the most technically executed shot but it has a certain something something that just screams in my opinion. And this leads me to another issue, and that’s the infamous megapixel wars but that’s another series of post I will develop in the weeks to come.

Panasonic, Lumix, GF1, Street Photography, Flamenco, Spanish, Dancing

Flamenco Girl | Processed in Capture One to my liking