Urban Mountains

Arun Vijai Mathavan

Delhi Photo Festival

Delhi Photo Festival
New Delhi, India

For the first time in human history, in 2007, more than 50% of the world’s population was living in urban areas. In the last 50 years, the developing world has seen the most radical migrations to cities, with people flooding them looking for a better life. In India especially, the large megapolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and others accommodate thousands of new migrants every day. The challenges for these cities in providing space, housing and work all pale however in comparison to the biggest challenge of all Waste.

Huge mountains of waste, creating a new looming landscape that no one wants to talk about, now frame these cities’ outskirts. The mountains of waste bring with them a host of issues, which affect all of us, but most critically the unfortunate poor who live and work around it. In this project, the photographer has tried to look at these landscapes of waste, and what the dangerously looming reality means for all of us.


  • Title: Urban Mountains
  • Creator: Arun Vijai Mathavan
  • Date: 2015
  • Type: Photograph
  • Photographer: Arun Vijai Mathavan
  • About the Photographer: Arun Vijai Mathavan is a Kanyakumari based, engineer turned photographer, who is working on environmental issues and social documentary. He is particularly interested in exploring issues of spaces with its relation to the environment and urbanization. He is currently studying photography at the National Institute of Design in Gandhinagar, India.
  • #DPF2015: 2015

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