Living inside a landfill

Story highlights

  • Photographer Timothy Bouldry spent time at a massive landfill in Guwahati, India
  • About 100 families live inside the Boragaon landfill, but Bouldry said they are "content"

(CNN)The greater adjutant stork is a majestic bird.

Standing about 5 feet tall with an average wingspan of 8 feet, it soars over the Boragaon landfill like a great protector. It knows the residents and shies away from strangers.
"They are intelligent birds. Every time I got close to them they would fly away," photographer Timothy Bouldry said.
    The dirty, wet conditions of the landfill attracted the endangered stork, and the stork attracted Bouldry. Through a series of photos taken within a day, he captures what it's like to live inside one of the largest dumping grounds in India.
    The Boragaon landfill is located in the city of Guwahati, about 300 miles from Bangladesh near the Bhutanese border. It's 94 acres of mostly fresh waste, surrounded by swamplands. (Other landfills, Bouldry says, contain older, compacted trash.)
    Photographer Timothy Bouldry
    For the past seven years, Bouldry has traveled the world photographing landfills. He's visited places such as Haiti, Venezuela and Colombia. The greater adjutant stork initially drew Bouldry to Boragaon, but he became connected with the people.
    About 100 families live inside the Boragaon landfill. Every day, they search the area for treasure -- a tiny scrap of metal, a bit of plastic, maybe a bone. They use large hooks to sort through the garbage, which sometimes reaches two or three stories high. They work in teams, and more than often they are barefoot.
    "They don't look at the things t