“Capture with your heart”

Dark Still Water


The River Cooum meanders through a village by the same name. The length of the river is about 65 kilometers, of which 18 kilometers fall within the Chennai city limits.

This fresh water source is today a poor reflection of its glorious past. Once a fishing river and boat racing ground, it has borne the brunt of the city’s unplanned population explosion. Today, it is a drainage system in the city.

River Cooum is a pool of dark still water that is breeding mosquitoes. It is also homes to many families who live in the makeshift houses along the riverbanks and by the road.

As I walked by the river this morning, I could see the rubbish floating on the water. Yet children were also playing by the same area. I took some pictures of the children and spend some time talking to the families who live there. I chatted with a middle-aged man who has been living there for the last 17 years. He and his wife with their two children make a living by selling coconuts and watermelons along the same road. Nothing looks permanent in their home. Everything looks makeshift. I don’t think their children would ever go to school. Life is hard in a temporary shelter without clean water source. However the kids still put on great smiles. As such, I was able to capture their beautiful as well as innocent moments.

How could one help the families to get out of such poor living condition?

– Alex Soh   25 January 2011

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4 responses

  1. Carolyn Rock

    Stunning photography! You’ve captured joys of children in the midst of devastating living conditions. Joy in the midst of pain.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

  2. wonderful colors and beautiful pictures…love them…just agree with Carolyns comment!

    February 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

  3. Awesome photos

    October 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm

  4. Awesome …I want to photography

    October 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm

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