Water Break #1

A tea plucker takes a water break in the hot afternoon sun of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. Plantation workers like this woman were originally brought in from South India by the British colonial administration to work in near slavery to produce some of the world’s most famous tea brands. After decades of statelessness in independent Sri Lanka, they were eventually granted citizenship, but still live almost as they did for centuries, in poverty, picking tea for a daily wage. Canon EOS 600D, EF-S 18-200mm lens, and Hoya polarising filter, at 200mm, 1/200, f/5.6, and ISO 100.


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