Bangladesh is a photographer's paradise. These images were taken while I was in the capital, Dhaka, on a Fulbright Scholarship from August 2008-May 2009. I went out every day on foot or by auto rickshaw and shot people in the streets, in markets and shops, on construction sites, in schools and madrasas, focusing on Old Dhaka. I also tried to capture the ever-changing urban landscape of this megacity that encompasses 15 million souls.
During this time I taught Interactive Media at the Independent University, Bangladesh. My students there often accompanied me to help conduct interviews and to film in various locations. As a foreigner I was welcomed by an incredible diversity of people, who kindly shared their time. Often it is easier to photograph as an outsider, since we have fewer preconceptions than the local population about ‘how things are supposed to be’.