West Bengal, a state of India, is commonly known for agriculture since this place is considered to be rich in soil resources. Another important sector, branching from this, is ‘Fishing’. Here, fish cultivation is done in large scale and many varieties are exported to foreign land as well.
There are many places in West Bengal, where man made big canal and ponds are constructed and made compatible for fish harvesting. The cost of establishing such an area is huge and the cost of maintenance is high. These are propriety based business and often handled by one man with an assistant and workers.There are many such places and the locals call them “Bherri” or “Harvest Ground for Fishes”.
After making all possible arrangements to run a successful business, there are still many obstacles and unprecedented incidents such as storm, water pollution, excessive rainfall, labor and worker management issues and not the least financial problems for these projects to come to a halt. In such cases loss becomes unavoidable and high. Some have the strength to fight these hindrances and continue for the next season while others pack up and set for other jobs.
I have tried to document a whole morning of their activities, during winter season when working in dense fog and cold is very hard. I wish to go back again and continue this story, so till then this is what I have for the viewers.
About Ritesh Roy Chowdhury
I, an amateur Freelance (people and documentary) Photographer from Kolkata, India, have been being under the mentorship of one of the leading photographers of Kolkata and of the world, Mr.Joydeep Mukherjee. I started my photo journey from the year of 2012. By proffession I am self-employed.
I think that an expression captured at the right moment makes a perfect frame. The conventional ways should not set boundaries for the expressions of art. A true creation must always hold the real feelings of the creator. My mentor always asks for something different and expressive so that people can see beyond the frames captured and I try my best to follow his teachings and path.
As my mentor and guide Mr. Joydeep Mukherjee, taught us that expressions are much more valuable than impressing people. Running after recognition and applaud should not be the only reason to press the shutter.
My true inspirations comes from my mentor and my wife , ‘Arundhati’. Without them I wouldn’t had made this far. If someday my work gets acknowledged then I would feel very happy.
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