Behind the Facade

 
The serene landscape hides the consequences of aggressive mining that has been going on for years. Photograph/Sudhanshu Malhotra

The serene landscape hides the consequences of aggressive mining that has been going on for years. Photograph/Sudhanshu Malhotra

Sudhanshu Malhotra is a documentary photographer and the Photo Editor of Greenpeace India. He began his career as a photojournalist for the India Today Group. In 2009, his project ‘Poisoned’, received the National Foundation Grant.

Sudhanshu Malhotra is a documentary photographer and the Photo Editor of Greenpeace India. He began his career as a photojournalist for the India Today Group. In 2009, his project ‘Poisoned’, received the National Foundation Grant.

Singrauli is a small town in central India, so tiny that anyone can miss noticing it. Famous for its monstrous thermal power plants, it is the energy capital of India. What used to be a dense forest , is now converted into mines. The tall chimneys at the Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) make you wonder about the sacrifices that have been made, as well as the irreversible damages caused to the environment and its habitat. The coal mining and power plant nexus have displaced thousands of tribals. The worsened situation has been conveniently traded under the name of development and meeting the power needs of the country. Through these photographs, I hope to throw light on the plight of the once lush forested land and its people, who have to deal with the harsh consequences of industralisation on a daily basis.

Narrating the Story of the Environment and its People

  • While covering environmental issues, there is no time frame. You could end up spending anywhere between a week to a month or a year.
  • Never approach an environmental confilct without thorough research. Incorrect information can lead you to portray the issue in the wrong light.
  • Conduct as many interviews with the people of the area. This information will later help you better portray the theme you have in mind.
  • Approach the assignment with an open mind and do not let your research or personal opinion cloud your judgement while you photograph.
Tags: central india, chimneys, Coal mines, consequences, Documentary, Environment, greenpeace india, habitat, industrialisation, july 2013, mining, Northern Coalfields Limited, power, royal bengal tiger, singrauli, Sudhanshu Malhotra, Tiger, tribals