PICTORIAL STORY

September 17, 2022

THE OUTSKIRTS

GRIEF OF A MEGACITY

Photography and words by Ahsanul Haque Fahim

This series is based on Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. In this series, I tried to represent the effects of urbanisation on the outskirts of Dhaka city, in order for its expansion of the city. Dhaka city, a home for over 20 millions habitants is also the financial centre of Bangladesh. Regarded as one of the most densely populated cities in the world, thousands of people from across the country, regardless of all class and age come to the city every day in a quest for better jobs and education hence, for a better opportunity and a better lifestyle.

Everyone wants its fair share of Dhaka city. This constant wave of incoming migration is making the city suffocate...a city already out of capacity to house anymore migration. To cope with the excess population, the urban planners suggested a guideline to expand the city on the outskirts. The city corporation accepted the guidelines and deployed the measurements in action. Flyovers are constructed for seamless transport transmission. The metro rail service has been added to the public transportation system. New route for metro rail has been under construction. With the city dimension expansion already in action, the city's outskirts are already in transformation of becoming too urbanised. Vast green fields are now occupied by piles of concrete and clear sand. The green has become pale. The natives are moving away, some are displaced in order to grant the expansion. Sold their lands to the city corporation. Their livelihood has perished, the habitants have disappeared into the flow of development. Once those pale green fields used to be full of native children, now only left to be wailed. This formidable city is swallowing everything in its coming path.

Ahsanul Haque Fahim is a passionate photographer from Bangladesh whose enthusiasm for photography began as a hobby and eventually led to studies at ‘Pathshala South Asian Media Institution’ in 2021. Fahim continues photography by developing personal projects while finding special interest in portraiture, street photography, and spatial landscapes of people in their natural environments in his home and community in Bangladesh.

Fahim believes that the world and especially his environment has the ability to adjust and adapt to the changes we are facing as a direct effect from our negligence and mistreatment of what ‘Mother Nature’ bounties us with. Fahim looks to the simplicities in his community for inspiration. He finds beauty in everything his neighborhood offers him.

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