Thursday, November 17, 2016

Young Students + Field, Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2016


Since my first visit to this region in 2013, the communities have embraced me and my work fully. Although they are deeply conservative, they have allowed me to photograph their daughters without limitation. They know of my work, and understand my admiration and adoration of the girl spirit.

So when Anna showed interest in another school for this region, it gave me further impetus to present it once again to our FB family. So in this spirit, and over the next two months, I will once again present a second school for your collective review. We do so on behalf of girls just like these two students, who are as hungry for an education as any in the world.

We met them through our hosts in a village near the city of Kairana, in Uttar Pradesh. We were allowed to photograph all of the students in the school, including all of the girls. This is almost unheard of in such a conservative society, but this is the privilege we have been granted by our friends.

They were so excited to see us, and got up quickly when their turn came to be photographed. We found a spot behind the mosque where they had been studying, with the most beautiful fields as our backdrop. Until we arrived that morning they had no idea they were going to be photographed... so none of us could have imagined the surprise in store for us that morning!

So Anna, should we be able to gather another 24 people for this school, we will make it happen immediately. We have 3 months to make this happen!

Thank you for the inspiration!


Note: This image was made by a Sony RX100M3.