Thursday, March 3, 2016

Young Student, Nirvanavan Foundation, Rajasthan, India, 2016

My work with the foundation over the last two weeks was nothing short of enlightening. We visited many villages and photographed countless people, including the dozens and dozens of those asking for their 'one photo.'
The highlights for me were of course the girls, for they are the most subtle and sublime of all in India from my experience. To have a team there to photograph them, and truly them, means the world to these girls... and as much for me as well.
In this image is a young girl born into the Kanjar Community. This specific population most tragically works in the trade of sex, and exclusively so. They send their girls as far away as the Middle East, and as near as the next village.
This young girl however attends classes in a school put together by Nirvana Bodhisattva and his team at Nirvanavan Foundation. They are working tirelessly in order to help break that cycle, and are hoping that education is the first step.
Already we can see changes, as in the attitude this young girl possesses. The boys are part of the solution of course, and are educated alongside their sisters in the schools.
We hope that this generation benefits from this hard work, and that their daughters will see a different future.
Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3 with available light only.

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