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What Remains by Sarker Protick


Sarker Protick is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, educated both in marketing and photography. His insightful and very sensitive approach to everyday scenes make his photographs beautifully unique. What Remains is a story about getting old, memories, and family. Following his grandparents, Sarker is witnessing completely ordinary and some extraordinary events. The passage of time and changes it creates are caught with delicacy and are immortalized in moving photographic story.

„It was in the afternoon, I was sitting on my grandpa’s couch. The door was slightly open and I saw light coming through, washed out between the white door and white walls. All of a sudden it all started making sense. I could relate what I was seeing with what I felt. John and Prova, my grandparents. While growing up, I found much love and care from them. They were young and strong. As time went by it shaped everything in its own way. Bodies took different forms and relations went distant. Grandma’s hair turned gray, the walls started peeling off and the objects were all that remained. Everything was contained into one single room. They always loved the fact that I take pictures of them, because then I spend more time with them and they don’t feel lonely anymore. After Prova passed away, I try to visit more so John can talk. He tells me stories of their early life, and how they met. There are so many stories. Here, life is silent, suspended. Everything is on a wait. A wait for something that I don’t completely understand.”


Words: Sarker Protick, Thisispaper
Photography: Courtesy of Sarker Protick