Photographer's Note

The tea pickers pick the leaves off the tea bushes by hand, once every 2 weeks. In Sri Lanka, they are all women. They can pick about 15 kilos of leaves a day. I've heard varying reports about how much they get paid, but it is in the range of US$1-$2 a day.

I think the tea has been picked this way for the last 100 years, and this photo looks like it could have been taken at any time. It's only when you look closely and see the machine woven cardigan and plastic pipe, that you realise it is a recent photo.

This the Pedro Tea Estate, near Nuwara Ella, a few minutes before 5pm, which is finishing time.

2004-02-09: Since there were so many comments about colour vs black and white, take a look at a colour tea picker photo here:
Show me the colours!

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