Kolkata’s fertilizer factories

CompanyCecilia Colussi Photography
PhotographerCecilia Colussi
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In the outskirts of Kolkata, India, fertilizer factories can be spotted on the roadside. Scrap leather is placed by labourers in an oven to be burnt in order to recover a solid collagenic material containing high nitrogen levels, which can be employed for the production of nitrogenous fertilizers used by farmers to boost yields of staples such as rice and wheat. The burning of leather trimmings causes harmful smoke and it has a major negative impact on the health of the people working at the factories.

About Photographer

I am a portrait photographer who loves working with people covering assignments worldwide. My friends say that I just can't stop. Let's say, I find it easy to keep myself occupied. The world is made to be discovered and my camera lets me get in touch with everything I come across. I like to interact with people, make them smile and learn from them. I am currently running a personal project about working homeless and I am fascinated by the humanity it allows me to discover day by day. I am an observer of humankind and my dream is to collect stories from around the world. I have a worldmap tattooed on my back - a note to myself: never give up pursuing your dreams! I love all aspects of travelling. The documenting and planning phase before the departure; the infinite quantity of life experiences provided by the unforseen glitches that happen in the field; and the return, when memories come back to life again through the images. What do I love most? Making new friends and experiencing the world with them. I strongly believe that sharing is the most effective way to grow and improve as an individual. I speak English, French, Italian and Spanish, so if you're sitting next to me on the tube or on the bus, beware, I'll probably start chatting with you... and if you still don't understand me, I'll try gesticulating: I'm Italian, it's in my DNA!