The ever-expanding city of Mumbai has put immense pressure on the natural environment. Mumbai’s largest river, the mighty Mithi, now turned into a stormwater drain, wends through the city carrying with it the garbage and the sewage of millions. On its banks is Dharavi, India’s largest slum – the second largest in Asia by some accounts.
Dylan Crawford, follows the river’s 18km journey from Vahir Lake to Mahim Bay, eventually emptying into the Arabian sea. The filth and squalor as seen from the Mithi’s point of view attempts to anthropomorphise the river that was once aptly named ‘sweet’ in the Marathi language.
THE SUN sets on another day on the Mithi, as a garland from a nearby temple mingles with human waste on the river a city forgot.
DylanCrawford is a final year photojournalism student focused enabling positive social change through visual storytelling. He was a finalist in this year’s Clarion awards for journalistic excellence in Queensland for his portrayal of indigenous protests during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is particularly interested in documenting environmental social justice issues.
OSSIE AWARD 2019: BEST PHOTOJOURNALISM BY AN UNDERGRADUATE OR POSTGRADUATE STUDENT
” The winning entry showed a clear understanding of the structure of a story telling essay. The images were strongly composed and had single image impact, inside the story. Each image continued to move the story forward with new information being given to the viewer with little repetition. Overall the work was edited and put together well with a good flow that engaged the viewer through until the end.”