Thursday, April 24, 2014

Refugee + Pond + Camp, Uttar Pradesh, India, November of 2013


She stands at the edge of a pond adjacent to her camp, which is next to our host's village. We arrived the night before this image was made, in the dark to a strange land. The courtesy and warmth however of our hosts made any disorientation fade away. 

I never knew what to expect the next morning, even though we drove right past the dimly lit tents on our way to the house. Sleeping that night less than two hundred meters from the camps unsettled me, although our sleeping arrangement was anything but fancy. Still I was unable to sleep without the anonymous faces circling around in my mind. 

The drive however took a lot out of me, being driven in the dark on country roads and around trucks of hay with cars speeding in the other direction. So sleep finally came and we woke up early in the morning to begin our photography. With the sun barely visible we began making these images, the light was so subtle. The scene looks quite serene, but the environment is anything but peaceful. 

What is she doing right now? Does she know that we are thinking about her? What will her dreams tell her when she falls asleep tonight? 

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Note: Image was made with a Sony RX100M2, edited for size and contrast only.