The Brick Field Laborers

Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks…James Baldwin

With the increasing population(over 160 million people) and very rapid urbanization, there is a high demand for cheap building materials which has led to the thriving of brick-making an ancient tradition. These bricks are produced using a 150-year-old technology; soil is mixed with water, formed into bricks using wooden forms, then left to dry in the sun before being burned in traditional kilns and this process is done almost entirely by hand.

Bangladesh is worse hit by climate change despite emitting very small amounts of  greenhouse gases but for the contribution from  the brick kilns.

The people of Bangladesh are poor in economy but rich in soul and spirit. Life is incredibly tough in Bangladesh no more so than in the workplaces, such as the brick factories, shipyards, smelters and coal where the manual labor is just so hard and physical.

This project was submitted by Adrian Whear an amateur documentary photographer from Melbourne, Australia. He loves to travel and experience different cultures. It was this passion for travel that guided him towards photography, which he took up in 2015.
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