Meet Henry Rollins.

Rollins, frontman for both Black Flag and Rollins Band, has been traveling the world for more than a quarter century. In recent years, he has decided to document his travels, which have taken him to countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and North Korea to name a few. His first photo book, Occupants, has just been published last fall.

Rollins wrote some captions for each pictures but since it’s not possible to do in a photoset, I’ll post them below.

#1 “She and her parents were picking through a massive pile of garbage in the Karail slum in Dhaka (Bangladesh). The parents didn’t seem to notice me, but she did and smiled as I took the photo.”

#2 “I was in the Karail slum (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and saw this group of men cutting the needles off syringes. I asked them if they were being very careful, the potential for spread of disease being very real. The man on the right spoke English and told me they were being careful. He then proceeded to take a syringe and pretend to stab his friend with it. I don’t know what they were going to do with all the syringes. If you look carefully, the needles are all over the ground.”

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great video from global post on the challenges of growing megacities


Dhaka, one of the busiest cities in the world, filmed in miniature.


Dhaka City awakens after Iftar


Dhaka City awakens after Iftar


Earlier this morning, I’d gone downstairs to take a few pictures of our old car, which was fixed up very recently. 

I took a few snaps, and then, much like an earlier incident that I blogged about, I got poked from behind. I was greeted by a child, no more than five years old. He had no shoes, and his clothes served their primary purpose; there wasn’t a glamorous thing about him. While I hate categorizing and classifying certain things about people, my rose-tinted sunglasses could not hide the fact that he was a homeless child from the streets.

We ended up having a small conversation.


Him: Dekhi? (Can I see?)

Me: Huh?

Him: Oita ki? Dekhi? (What’s that? Can I see?) 

He was pointing at my camera, amazed by the somewhat large bit of machinery. I showed him one of the pictures I’d just taken.

Him: Eita koto porse, bhaiya? (How much did that cost you, bhaiya?)

Me: Motamoti lagse. Taka jomaisi onekdin, tarpor kinsi. (A decent amount. I saved money for a while, and then bought it.)

Him: Ishhh. Biman kinte chaile toh taka jomaite jomaite manush moirei jaibo!(Ishhh. If someone wants to buy an airplane, they’ll die before they’re done saving!)

It took me a moment, but I figured out what he was saying when he pointed towards the sky for a second. He had a warm smile on his face the whole time, but I could tell that he was pretty serious about the whole business of purchasing aircraft for himself.

I pointed my camera towards him, and he posed automatically. He smiled even wider and put his hands up. I didn’t know what he meant by it, but he seemed pretty happy.

Him: Dekhi? (Can I see?)

I showed him his picture.

Him: Heehee!

He was pretty amused with his own pose. After that, we didn’t have much to say to each other, really. So I walked away.


If he manages to buy himself a Boeing 747 one day, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world. Even happier than the kid himself.


Chawkbazar characters….. the sellers of Chawkbazar Iftar Market are not occasionals…. these people have been involved with this same business for many years…. creating traditions; building expertise through generations…. that is why I had discovered the same people there as I had seen two years back…. and they are some characters…. very much accustomed to seeing cameras, these sellers have a love-hate relationship with them…. they need the publicity, yet they don’t want those machines pointing towards them all the time…. occasionally, they would ask the photographer to step aside and make way, which is quite natural, considering the cramped nature of the place….

this photo was taken at Dhaka, Bangladesh, 19 August 2011

BBC Travel: Saving Dhaka’s Heritage The Urban Study Group in Dhaka offers free walking tours of the old city - make sure you check out the slideshow. They have 10, 3-hour tours. I’ll be going on all of them!

BBC Travel: Saving Dhaka’s Heritage The Urban Study Group in Dhaka offers free walking tours of the old city - make sure you check out the slideshow. They have 10, 3-hour tours. I’ll be going on all of them!