Delhi Scrapyard

Should I stay or should I run? Stay! – Posing is a serious business in India!

On my first visit to the Delhi scrapyard I felt like jumping back into the car as soon as I had set eyes on the many dirty workmen populating the streets and looking – what I thought quite hostile. What a misinterpretation!! I started halfheartedly with some portraits and showed them to my “models” who immediately began to laugh and giggle but as soon as I pointed my camera at them again their faces would turn to stone again as well. It took a while for us to get familiar with each other but eventually they all joined in enthusiastically and enjoyed the photo session just as much as I did. Half a year later I returned to the scrapyard with more than 60 printed portraits and was so happy to meet almost all of them again – what a delight to watch their surprise and joy when they looked at their probably first ever printed photo of themselves and their friends.

Big thanks to Mocca Travels who organized and sponsored this lovely reunion.

July 2016 and January 2017