If I would show you these images, you would think they are shot in Burma, not Bangladesh, known to be more Indian, than having any ethnic people.
This is a little known area in Bangladesh, where most ethnic hill tribe people live. The tribal people are widely marginalised by the Bangladeshi governments, often badly discriminated against.
The Bangladesh government are rather paranoid about having tourists visiting. I had secret plain cloth policeman following me around, wondering what I was up to, there would permits to be handled, I was not allowed to certain places, not able to get on board of the local passenger ferries. Needed a guide to bring me along, who was’nt a pleasant person to be around, but handy for he spoke the local dialects as well as Bengali.
The tribal people of Chakma and the tripura people are mainly buddhists, being in a pro Muslim Bangladesh is tough for these tribal people who face repression, racism and awful discrimination from the muslim bengalis.
Old Dhaka, Bangladesh feels gritty and incredibly photogenic. Compared to the clean and almost surreal modern Dhaka with new modern buildings, this is what those who never been to Bangladesh would imagine what the country look like
Bangladeshis put great pride in their cyclos, each owner take time to put beautiful decorations on their cyclos. Almost like great art works
Hill tribe area of Bangladesh, near to Chittagong
The great big bamboo Hookah!
Mixed feelings about Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka. Don’t really like the whole city and the people. Being a female here really sucks, Being an Asian female here sucks big time. Got robbed, molested more times here than in India. There are more men here than females, hardly see many females out in the public. I can understand why.
Photography wise, it is amazing to be, the Bangladeshis love the camera, often staring right into the lens, sadly didn’t enjoy much being here, hence the images look pretty sad. It was tough being here in Bangladesh, should I have given the country a little more chance, maybe. After a one month, I was pretty much relieved to have gotten out.
26th March 2009 : Happy 38th Independence Day Bangladesh, may you remember how you fought for your freedom to become a stable secular country. – via Ping.fm