The Untouchables 2


Yesterday, Solomon got a good idea of what I was interested in photographing here in India and as you all know, it is neither the riches of Bollywood nor the inside of shopping malls.

He suggested a few different places to photograph a lot of the “Untouchables”; the lowest caste in India, holding little or no education and doing the most simple of jobs to survive.

Our first stop was the Byculla Vegetable Market, the largest open air market in Mumbai. We arrived just before 8am and the crowds were already starting to subside. This market starts at about 4am and is a great place to see what Mumbai is all about. I was literally the only tourist and many of the local merchants called at me to have their picture taken. As I passed by, they were all drawn to the white 70-200 Canon lens that I was shooting with. This market reminded me of my time in Delhi two years ago, as the locals here also loved to have their photo taken!

From the market, Solomon promised to take me to the saddest part of Mumbai; the Dharavi Slum is one of the largest slums on the planet. Home to more than One million people, I only got a small taste of what life is like here. Entire families were living in total poverty on the side of the road. When I asked Solomon how they created a family, his answer was simple: “No home, no food, no money, but sex is easy”.

I captured many powerful images of families suffering and struggling to survive. These images are stuck in my mind as I was just feet away from children huddled together to keep warm. The look of dismay on their parents faces as they wonder where their next meal will come from.

I capture these images to share my experience and hope that you can also get a sense of what is really important in life.

Have a gander at what a tough life really looks like. I have to warn you, some images are disturbing.


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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2 thoughts on “The Untouchables

  • effie

    Andrew, I just read your blog and saw the pictures, you made me cry at 9am! How sad and disturbing thats an understatement. As a mother I can not imagine raising my kids on the side of the street or not having food or water, it broke my heart to see those babies, and even the older men sleeping on newspapers. You would think in 2013 we would be better off. I always say and so does John were lucky we have what we have and that includes our healthy kids. Thanks for this, keep on posting as it reminds us here how precious life is and to be thankful everyday for what we do have! Cant wait to hear about your trip up close. Take care.