Once a year during the monsoon season, horse races take place in Kolkata, a tradition that goes back centuries, they are more dangerous and exciting than regular horse races as the ground becomes softer with the constant rain and the horses struggle to keep a grip on the ground as they race towards the finish line.
Locals gathered around the monitors at the betting areas, hoping for a winning bet. All the portraits here were taken instants as the horses reach the finish line, glimpses the excitement and hopes moments before these turned into disappointment and the occasional moment of happiness.
Shot during the Monsoon Horse Races in Kolkata, July 2017
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