Of River and Lost Lands by Sarker Protick
- Caroline Kurze
In the winter of 2011, Dhaka-based photographer Sarker Protick travelled to the villages near Ishurdi district, along Padma the largest waterway of Bangladesh. He created the series ‘Of River and Lost Lands’, documenting the life along Padma river that’s ‘eating’ a bit of the land with every flood, leaving drowning houses, floating trees, abandoned places and ousted people.
He states: “Slowly I discover life in the villages. People who are still living here, many as refugee in others land. Some has left the places as they ran out of all the options. Over the years the river changed it’s course. While doing it, it has taken so many. When the monsoon arrives and the river runs fast. The lands get washed away and disappear. Riverbank erosion generally creates much more suffering than other natural hazards like flooding; as while flooding routinely destroys crops and damages property, erosion results in loss of farm and homestead land.”
All images © Sarker Protick