Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mukesh + Students, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2017

An excerpt from March 20, 2017:

It's a bit past 10:15 in the evening and the lights have already been out in the village for the past three hours. We arrived about four hours ago and were immediately greeted by a handful of the students in the path leading to the madrasa. They were as happy as we were and made for an incredible reception. 

Our hosts made sure that we were comfortable, and we had dinner shortly thereafter thanks to the wonderful women of the household. Mukesh and I have decided to stay at the school for the next ten or so days, so as to get closer to the students and also learn the ways of the village.

For those of us involved in the new school, we share this image. It shows Mukesh with the students of a nearby village, one which we will visit over the next few days as well. We share this image in order to show the type of people working on this project, and what it takes to connect with the students. Without Mukesh the documentation of these villages would be nearly impossible. He does more than drive me to the area, more than hold a reflector for me and more than translate as well. This is a snapshot of this man's dedication to this work, and what true community engagement means to me.

We had finished with the photography for the afternoon and Mukesh, rather than watching me pack my cameras, sat down with the girls and was having a great time. Of course I knew nothing of what was being said, but such was unnecessary in order to understand the joy that was being shared. This is what the work is about, and I am honored to work with this good man.


Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.

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