Shovan Gandhi photographs the breaking down of mammoth water vessels at Alang, one of the largest ship recycling yards of the world.

It is the final destination — the graveyard where ships are broken into pieces and become sheer metal from the mammoth structures they once were. Located on the Gulf of Khambat, it might not be prominently marked on most maps of India, but for the shipping industry this is where reportedly almost half of the world’s ships dock for recycling. “Ships come to die at Alang and be reborn as something else,” says photographer Shovan Gandhi. Fascinated by the sight, he has revisited the location more than a couple of times over a period of seven years, always with a camera. “Permission was of course very difficult to get. It is a very private area,” adds the 31-year-old.

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