20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Shipyard: 04

Children from the nearby slum spend their time walking through the muddy sludge to collect small metal bolts and screws. They walk through the yard barefoot exposing their feet to metal hidden underneath the sludge in order to maximise their collection and feed their families with the money. This series is a visual essay on the Coal Bunder shipyard and its people. The shipyard is located in Mumbai; India’s financial capital, which is on the country’s west coast. Here, the workers focus on building and repairing small-sized cargo ships while children from nearby areas search the muddy water for scrap parts. Situated on ‘Bombay Port Trust’ land, the shipyard is a part of the area that will inevitably be redeveloped by the government. The following photos serve as the first chapter of a larger project, where I aim to document the places along that stretch of land before they disappear with time.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Mumbai, India
Camera: Canon EOS R5
Copyright: © MANAN SHETH