Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dinner, Banganga, Rajasthan, India, November 20, 2009



She prepares everything from scratch, with ingredients coming from the land around us. We sit down after a day of photography and have dinner, all of the family watching me and my team having dinner first before touching a morsel of food themselves.

Every year, my photography in Rajasthan ends in this little village, in this home or perhaps the adjacent house, the home of her sister and the teacher of the Humana People to People India Girls Bridge School. These are two families whose girls all attend school, first with the foundation's program and then with the mainstream school.

These are two families that tend to the land themselves, without the help of any outsiders other than perhaps some specialized chores such as the trimming of the palm trees. Every single time my team has visited these two homes, all were working either in the fields or in the homes. My eyes have never seen anyone sitting upon arriving. The two men of these households are endlessly working, tending to the land.

They recycle everything, cook food for their buffalo every single day and make use of their surroundings for fuel, food and shelter. Once again this year, my photography ended with breakfast two days later in this same spot, after a wonderful morning of photography.