The divide between the rich and the poor is the widest it has been in decades. And not just in India. This is one of the by-products of capitalism and it’s a global phenomenon. We might not realise it, but photographer and documentary filmmaker Johny Miller did.
And in his photos, he has tried to show us the stark differences between the rich and poor in various cities across the world.
That’s the economic capital of India, Mumbai!
This is what Dharavi looks like. And just in case you were wondering, those buildings, that’s the National Stock Exchange!
“Informal recyclers in Dharavi exist within sight of the National Stock Exchange, traditional fishermen moor their boats in the shadows of skyscrapers in Worli, and leopards prowl the Sanjay Ghandi National Park on the city’s northern flank. In short, it’s a city of contradictions.” See more of the Unequal Scenes in Mumbai on my website here: unequalscenes.com/mumbai
Detroit! Speak of inequality!
Just in case you were wondering, most of us represent the images on the left.
For any nation to truly prosper, the gap between the rich and the poor must be contained, if not abolished.
Why should the select 1% live in the most vacant of spaces while the poor live in piles of garbage?
At this point, it’s is not just unfair but borderline traumatic.
2016 was a helluva a year for most people, myself included. My project Unequal Scenes took me to places I’ve never been to before, both physically and allegorically. I just want to start this new year reposting some of my favorite images from that series, which you can find at www.unequalscenes.com. 😃😃 Vusimuzi township is located in Tembisa, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Next door is a huge cemetery, with many graves marked only be a ring of stones in the dust. I imagine that the quest for a meaningful life for residents here always is haunted by the specter of death next door.
Remind anyone of home yet?
So here we are, feeling a little bad, maybe, conflicted about where we fit in these pictures. But that is the most we are doing and it is not enough.