Photo Essay | Up in the air

  • Mohamed Shamshad is a bricklayer who works right on the edge of the buildings under construction, without any harness. Photographs by Pradeep Gaur/MintMohamed Shamshad is a bricklayer who works right on the edge of the buildings under construction, without any harness. Photographs by Pradeep Gaur/Mint
  • Rajesh is a window cleaner working on a high-rise in Gurgaon. Because of the high demand, window-cleaning is a relatively profitable job option, with proper safety measures in place.Rajesh is a window cleaner working on a high-rise in Gurgaon. Because of the high demand, window-cleaning is a relatively profitable job option, with proper safety measures in place.
  • Sanjay paints a hoarding frame on Sohna Road, Gurgaon, without any harness to keep him from falling, for a mere Rs 300 a daySanjay paints a hoarding frame on Sohna Road, Gurgaon, without any harness to keep him from falling, for a mere Rs 300 a day
  • Sandblasting is used to clean the metal surfaces and prevent rust formation. Gulab Kumar is squatting on a handmade bamboo platform, suspended under the iron bridge over the Yamuna, Delhi, as he worksSandblasting is used to clean the metal surfaces and prevent rust formation. Gulab Kumar is squatting on a handmade bamboo platform, suspended under the iron bridge over the Yamuna, Delhi, as he works
  • With seven years’ experience, painter Faishal glides across the side of the Nizamuddin flyover, Delhi, with a brush in handWith seven years’ experience, painter Faishal glides across the side of the Nizamuddin flyover, Delhi, with a brush in hand
  • A window cleaner in Delhi takes a break, relaxing in his harness and letting his hands and feet hang completely free.A window cleaner in Delhi takes a break, relaxing in his harness and letting his hands and feet hang completely free.