Angad Ray, a flower seller, balances devdar leaves on his head. Photographer Ken Hermann visited the wholesale flower market Malik Ghat in Kolkata, India, for his project "Flower Man."
Chandan Kumar carries strands of gainda flowers on his shoulder.
The flowers Sanju Joshi carries are common in India. "I really like (Joshi's) picture because (the sellers) carry the flowers like it is a dress. You should see when they walk through the flower market, it's almost like (the flowers are) all alive," Hermann said.
Sanjit Malik poses with a bouquet of gettylade flowers.
Hermann shot all the portraits between noon and 3 p.m., combining the hazy smog in the air, sunlight from above and studio lights of his own. Here, Rajesh Yadav holds strands of neelkanth flowers.
Flower seller Dev Kumar holds a bouquet of roses.
Hermann's photos have a surreal effect and overexposed look that make his subjects stand out. In this portrait, S.K. Bhagat pops with color as he wears a necklace of java flowers for sale around his neck.
Hermann posed his subjects -- like Sudeep Manna in this portrait -- on the banks of the Hooghly River to avoid the hectic atmosphere of the market.