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Gulshan (one of the elite areas in Dhaka) as seen from the window of the 13th floor of BRAC center where I work. After the exhausting heat of a day in July, the light was becoming softer, the streets were yet half deserted, monsoon clouds rising high above the horizon - seemed like a beautiful, glamorous view of Dhaka. And yet it is as unreal as can be when you see the slums on the extreme left. Surrounded by the most elite, rich areas of the city is a small island filled with slums of some of the poorest (intentionally tried not to include in the photo). Sometimes it looks as if the island is unable to hold the burden small thatched houses. The contrast is so obvious, so sharp that it is impossible to avoid it.

I have been planning for a long time to do a series on this slum, the people that live there and the tall buildings around it with extravagant billboards. But when finally taking a shot I wanted to have a beautiful picture of my city, one which will not make me or anyone who sees the photo sad. Amidst all the inequality, the unbearable contrast of poverty and filthy wealth I wanted to have a photograph of Dhaka which would make me feel good whether it conforms to reality or not...

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