Impressions of market alleys
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is one of the largest cities in the world. Under the most populous towns in the world, it is in 3rd place, without even counting the settlements on the city limits. The inhabitant's venture into Mumbai every day to work. Apart from centers of entertainment, commerce, and not to forget finance, there are large areas dedicated to cultural events. The long and layered history of the city with various groups and nations involved has shaped it into the giant megacity it is today.
Until 1970 the city grew steadily but then due to a wave of liberalization the population of Bombay exploded from 5 million to over 8 million in a short time and is ramping up until the present day. The rate of growth slowed in recent years, but there are still hundreds of thousands of new people coming into the city.
A town of paradoxes, on the one hand, a city of great wealth - skyscrapers built to serve single families, poverty stricken areas with people crammed into tiny huts. In my photographic approach as a "city flâneur with a camera" I try to capture the human response to modern city life. If you haven't been in a megacity before it can be like a shock-induced anesthesia due to the overwhelming sensory bombardment of sights, sounds, and smells the city has to offer.
Here are some impressions of Mumbai alleys around some markets, the city of gold. The city of slums. The Gateway to India.