June 9, 2013

Salt Workers, India

Photograph by Charlotte Anderson

The hostile desert landscape in the Little Rann of Kutch in western Gujarat state is where these day laborers work. The stark, white salt bed is a challenging environment to work in, dry and bright, but there is a peace and beauty to this place, too, which is overwhelming. It was the second time I had visited these parts, and each time I leave with a sense of joy and sorrow. The people are lowly paid but full of welcome and smiles toward me even though life is tough for them, as this is their environment.

This photo and caption were submitted to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

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