We set out to try and capture honest moments that truly identified the lifestyle of people in the most destitute areas. Some were just outside our window, going about their day on the train track, with little or no regard for privacy. Others were hiding in the shadowy lanes of the slums. In the past we've mostly only come across photographs sensationalizing their lives, depicting them as unhappy or unfortunate. In our experience, this was not entirely the case.
A Dharavi man even mocked us, assuming we were pitying him, and pretended to pick up trash as we shot a photo of him. The children were enthusiastic and carefree, playing with the simple objects they are familiar with. The men were working hard and the women tended to their children. We were even invited to see "God" inside one family's home. Despite varying tragedies and living in poverty, some people still seem to enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life.
silent tapes is a series of projects by two photographers, Francis and Stephanie Lane, focusing on documenting the lives of people from different cultures in various slums around the world, and generating funds for those communities through their works.
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