Get Featured: Paul Freimanis


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Get Featured: Paul Freimanis
Paul has been on a trip across India, and while he was there he shot a project on an X-Pan. As I have a total weakness for this camera there is nothing I like more than sharing a project shot on one. Check it out.

Everything was shot on a Hasselblad Xpan and I’m pretty sure I was using Neopan 400 B&W. 


Bolha Sharma is 18 years old. He lives in a slum with his family along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi. Everyday from sunrise, he makes his way down to one of the many railway bridges that span the Yamuna River where he docks his makeshift raft. His raft is a large plastic sack, stuffed with sealed empty plastic bottles and stitched together with twine. His paddle is simply a sliver of wood tied to a bamboo pole. He has an old rope stretching out behind him as he paddles from bank to bank beneath the bridge, and after each trip he stops and pulls up the rope, to reveal a camshaft.

The camshaft was taken from an abandoned truck, and acts as a magnet to collect the coins that are dropped from the passenger trains that rumble across the tracks above. The passengers throw coins into the river as an offering to the river goddess, Yamuna, with the belief that it will bring luck and fortune.

Bolha is one of many young men who swim, dive, and sift their way through the muddy waters to search for coins and trinkets. One day of coin diving typically earns a mere one hundred rupees.

Paul Freimanis

Documentary Photographer

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Paul. What a fascinating and well documented story.
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7 comments on “Get Featured: Paul Freimanis”

    Fabien January 12, 2017 at 9:48 pm / Reply

    You have to do something Bellamy! i want to see those wide shot on my wide screen! =)
    They are so tiny here!

      Bellamy January 14, 2017 at 10:18 am /

      Click on them.

    Hogarth Ferguson January 13, 2017 at 2:09 am / Reply

    This is a pretty awesome story. Puts things into perspective, too.

    Humza Ahmad January 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm / Reply

    Just wow. Fantastic images, each tells a story without needing any captions. In particular like the shot taken at an angle with the boy in the boat and the bridge. The diagonal framing is disorienting in a way that enhances the scale of the bridge and how tiny the people who live and work around the bridge are. Beautiful work!!

    Daniel Fjäll January 16, 2017 at 2:07 am / Reply

    The X-pan was perfect for that magnet rod shot

    KARRL January 17, 2017 at 11:39 am / Reply

    Zee! Great documentary photos! I did not know their coin were made of steel! I am not sure any of our coins in Australia are magnetic!

    Clifford S Cooper February 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm / Reply

    Great series and absolutely great captures. I have been yearning for a xpan camera myself to use for documentary and street work. Love your work Paul!

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