Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Girl + Refugee, Sectarian Violence, Uttar Pradesh, India, December 1, 2013


In the midst difficulty this young girl holds her head up high and does so for a complete stranger. The last part never ceases to amaze me every single time we enter a community for the first time. This was especially true in the refugee camps of Uttar Pradesh, where almost 100,000 people lived in 25 camps scattered along the countryside.

We would just step out of the car, set up the tripod as instructed and select as to whom we would photograph first. In the mornings we would photograph the girls first, then the boys. In the afternoon it was the opposite, allowing the most perfect light to be used for the girls.

So it was for six days in the camps, and girls who had never seen a man from outside of India in this area walked up to the camera and offered themselves without hesitation. Perhaps this was the bottle into which they were placing their messages, perhaps it was just an escape from the tortuous, daily routine of survival… I will never know but am deeply honored to have been the recipient of their courage.


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