The slums of Chittagong

Recently I had the distinct luck and pleasure to accompany an AUW student Mow to a few of the slums in Chittagong. She grew up here and is doing a journalism project on the lives of the residents of these parts of the city. I’ve been trying for a while tonight to figure out how to eloquently write about my experience, but everything I come up with just seems to fall short.┬áHer project is going to continue for a while though and I’m planning on tagging along each week, so I should have many more opportunities to find the right words. For now, I’m going to rely on my images for illustration. It was easily my favorite day photographing in years. This is why I came to Bangladesh.

I should give a little basic info though about where the photos were taken. We first went to a slum community that surrounds the train tracks in town. We visited a sub-community there and were shown around some of their accommodation. After that we went to a school nearby and spent time in a classroom. Later on we visited a slum which I guess is known as a center of drug activity, and finally we went to a refugee camp. Overwhelming, to say the least.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 11, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on October 11, 2009.

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10 Responses to “The slums of Chittagong”

  1. Tovah says:

    Dan you have a real talent for photographing children. The 9th photo of the boy in the orange shirt made me want to cry – very moving. I look forward to hearing more on this subject. I am especially interested in how you manage to go in with an objective eye and how involved you get either in reality or emotionally with the subjects of your photographs.

    Also, who is the very good looking man with the video camera?

    Tovah

  2. Adriane says:

    Dan! These photos are BEAUTIFUL! Amazing. Rockin.

  3. Tati says:

    This is a beautiful portrayal of these people. I can’t wait to see more! :D
    also I send you hugs! :D :D

  4. Charlie's Mom says:

    Wow! I am impressed with these photos Dan. You do a great job of capturing a moment in time in these people’s lives. You do sound like you are learning a lot and enjoying your ‘out of the box’ adventures. It is difficult to think where those kids will end up some day. I am so glad you found your reason for going to Bangladesh. This is what makes traveling so interesting…we find our own voices. Good luck hunting for more photos. Looking forward to seeing them. Thanks for including me on the list!

    Take care!
    charlie’s mom

  5. Denise says:

    These are all brilliant, Dan! I am living in Chittagong and your photos open my eyes to things that are around me that I sometimes don’t ‘see’ with the same intensity of your photos. Keep shooting and sharing!

  6. Dan Bretl says:

    Thanks everyone for the kind words! I’m hoping to go out with Mow again next Sunday, after which I’ll definitely try to verbalize my thoughts and feelings on the experience a bit more.

  7. ashraf says:

    That is not a matter to take only photos, but also to find out a solution that one day no child will stay in slums without basic needs. Let we work for them with humanity………

  8. You definitely know how to find the right topic to write about and make it important. I cant believe you aren’t more popular because you clearly have the gift.

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