Ahangama, Southern Sri Lanka


Redfern PCYC Boxing

Police & Community Youth Clubs (PCYC) are a network of Australian non-profit, community organisations, founded in New South Wales. The Mission of PCYC is to get young people active in life; develop their skills, character and leadership; and prevent and reduce crime by and against young people. Redfern is a inner city suburb of Sydney and is subject to extensive redevelopment plans by the state government, to increase the population and reduce the concentration of poverty in the suburb. Redfern has been characterised by migrant populations that have lived in the area and is notorious for the 2004 Redfern Riots and is also the home of the infamous “Block”,  The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) which was set up as the first urban Aboriginal community housing provider, using grant money to purchase the houses on the Block. As a result the area is important to the Aboriginal community. Kate Lewis lived in Redfern and trained at the Redfern PCYC boxing gym. These are the local PCYC boys.

Life in the City of Death, Varanasi

Varanasi is the holiest city in India, situated on the banks of the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh, North India.  One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, the city is the beating heart of the Hindu universe, a crossing point between the physical and spiritual worlds, and the Ganges is viewed as a river of salvation, an everlasting symbol of hope to past, present and future generations.

Hindu pilgrims come to bathe and wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges river and to cremate their loved ones at the burning Ghats before their ashes are placed in the river.  Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges remits sins and that dying in this holy city ensures release of one’s soul from the cycle of its’ transmigration.

Kate Lewis has sought to capture the life, chaos, and colour of Varanasi and present a broader view of the City of Death, one dotted with a vast and beautiful culture, landscape and history that is seldom celebrated.  Lewis acts as a humble recorder, whilst applying a photojournalist style and approach to the imagery, allowing the subjects, culture and environment of this vast city to be the key elements of this story, portraying Life in the City of Death.