I COMPLETELY HATE to compare bands, and I Mastodon and Red Fang are two of my favorite bands, but the cover from Whales and Leeches seems to me really similar to The Hunter… so that got me thinking…. I don’t know; I’d like to think that both bands are just doing their thing, but….
jonas bendiksen spent two years documenting life in some of the world’s largest slums. more than a billion people live in slums, a number expected to double in seventeen years. in kenya’s kibera (think “the constant gardner”) and india’s dharavi (think “slumdog millionaire”) more than a million people live in a two square mile area.
"when one thinks of a slum, one has this monolithic image of it is as a den of hopelessness, crime and poverty," bendiksen notes. but most of the people he spoke to did not talk about how tough their lives were. they instead focused on what they were achieving. even in the smallest spaces where there is no room to stand (eighth photo), bendiksen says you still see people not just creating a shelter but making a home.
"i admire these people so much. they manage to create an existence with dignity out of nothing. they take great pride in that, despite all the challenges," said bendiksen, who was universally welcomed in his two years of travel. but he notes that the challenges, including sanitation and water, are nevertheless real.
for these panoramic shots, bendiksen stitched together photos of the four walls of individual slum households. they were taken in kibera (1-3), dharavi (4-7) and jakarata (8-10). the final photo is the only non interior shot, as the bench is subur’s home. for the names of the others photographed, click the picture.