Saturday, March 1, 2014

Refugee + Camp, Uttar Pradesh, India, November 24, 2013


This young girl greeted us every morning for the five or so days we stayed in this house. She and her other friend never spoke a word in our presence, always picked up the cups of tea once finished and were relentlessly sweeping the floor especially in the morning. 

Asking to make her portrait was natural for me, but was out of the ordinary for her. She nonetheless sat for her picture while the adults looked on. Every second or so she'd look in their direction but still managed to be herself under the circumstances. 

Our hosts were magnificent, the meals that they provided were fit for kings. The room that they had given me was their own bedroom, and they sacrificed their nights for the sake of my presence. It is these experiences, her expression being one, that tell me this is the path for me.

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Note: This image was made with a hand-held Sony RX100M2 with available light only, as the morning began.