Striking Long Exposures Document Life on a Holy River Though Clouds of Migratory Birds

For Delhi-based photographer Sankar Sridhar, the Yamuna river represents a contradiction that he wanted to capture. Choked by industrial and household waste, it’s devoid of aquatic life; and yet, every winter, millions of migratory birds come to the legendary river, which is revered as the only river with the power to grant immortality to humans.
Sridhar’s quest to capture all of this—the spirituality of the holy river and the ritualistic behavior that it draws out of human and avian alike—led to the creation of a photo series titled The River is Dead, Long Live the River.
“This was a series, still in progress in certain ways, documenting life on the holy river Yamuna, which passes through New Delhi, the capital of India,” Sridhar tells PetaPixel. “While the series is a…

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