Kuakata – waves of silence

The vast expanse of the ocean crashes on to the shore, here in the pristine beach of Kuakata. Tracks from wheels bearing fishing boats to the ocean break the mirrored reflection of the sky.

Life here is hard, the burden is shared by all family members regardless of age and sex. They live, grow and die in water. Every dawn they make their way out to the waves, sometimes for many days and nights before returning to these shores. The reverence for the ocean often translates into fear –the ocean sustains their life, also brings death in many ways. The uncertainty is lethal, silent and deafening.

Kuakata is a sea beach on the southernmost part of Bangladesh. Locally known as Sagar Kannya (Daughter of the Sea) is a rare scenic beauty spot where long strip of dark, marbled sand stretches for about 18 kilometres. It is home to over five thousand families who lives off the coast as fishermen for the local fishing and prawn industry. The shore is often victim of massive hurricanes such as Aila and Sidr who strikes without mercy and diminishes the populace living far below the poverty line.

Kuakata – waves of silence
Black and white photographs, 2012.