The presence of large scale man-made objects - trucks, dams, aircrafts, ships - in our habitat creates a tension between the space and the object. Their size creates a violence within the context they occupy. Within the bounds of an airport, highway, landscape or a port, they justify their functional existence. They are part of a journey. Against the backdrop of the vast ocean, a ship reminds us of its inconsequential scale against nature. Upon its final approach towards the beach at Alang, against a foreground of eager workers, the scale and the task at hand becomes fathomable. Ships come to die

at Alang and to be reborn as something else. The photographs contain impressions of a prevailing socio-cultural ecosystem in which unimportant men can aggregate and die so that dead ships live. In the death of a superstructure, there is melancholy, violence and


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