20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Shipyard: 05

A worker using an air pressure machine to remove rust from metal plates that will be welded on the ship. This process leads to tiny metal pieces flying everywhere and sometimes piercing the skin which explains the extensive outfit for protection. 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