Deep in the Rajasthan desert, away from public view, are the lime kilns and quarries. People working here, mostly women and teenage girls, belong to the lowest segment of the work force. They are exposed to a variety of health risks; inhalation of lime dust and sulfur gas lead to respiratory illnesses, while the heavy weight of the lime stone being balanced on their head lead to bone damage, especially among the teenagers whose bones are still developing. The lime workers are also subjected to more immediate dangers; boulders from the quarry, carved out without thought to safety, occasionally detach, while the ramparts leading to the kiln, lacking proper upkeep, are known to give way. In addition, the lime workers meager pay keeps them at a subsistence level. Sometimes families live on site, where children happily play in the lime powder
This project is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the under the title ʽʽLime Turf”.
“It is only the happenstance of birth that leads to the different circumstances of people around the world, and this can be portrayed with just a gesture”.
In this world full of so many stimuli, it is almost a matter of survival to be able to “close out” much of what is around us. My photographs aim to cut straight through to our universal sameness, opposed to emphasizing our superficial differences. By eliciting a sense of recognition in the viewer, my photographs’ purpose is to break down our barriers to empathy.
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