Summer 2013

Salt of the Earth

In 1930 the British government imposed heavy taxes on salt in India. Ghandi, as part of his campaign of satyagraha (non-violent protest) against British rule, set out on a 240 mile walk to the ocean to harvest salt. All along the way, he addressed large crowds. With each passing day an increasing number of people joined the march. By the time they reached the water, Gandhi was at the head of a crowd of tens of thousands. He spoke and led prayers and early the next morning walked down to the sea to collect salt. This image of thousands of people walking into the sea, and allowing the salt to crystalize on their clothing inspired the collection.