I started my life in Kavi Nagar. I was born there in 1990 but left when I was 8 months old when my family immigrated to Australia. Throughout my childhood, my family would visit Kavi Nagar every two years in the hope me and my brother would remain connected to our Indian heritage.
However, visiting Kavi Nagar was an obligation I rarely looked forward to. I was a child obsessed with the Western world. On one visit, I remember complaining about the dirt and bucket baths. My mum kept me entertained with VHS recordings of Play School. What lay outside the gates of our house was of very little interest; I remember counting down the days till we returned home to Australia.
As I grew older, acknowledging my Indian heritage became not only unavoidable, but essential to my sense of belonging and identity. I have often felt in a state of limbo. Searching for a place within my Australian surroundings often meant neglecting my Indian heritage. Being physically detached from India prevented me from cultivating that side of my identity.
I returned to Kavi Nagar for three months in November 2016 in search of that sense of belonging I craved. The images, made during daily 4pm walks with my Aunts, represent a starting point. The beginning of a sustained effort to reconnect with, and understand my heritage.
Photography & Words
The dreary, colorful tones of Morocco by Conrad Bauer.
Photographer Nick van Tiem's encounter with the people and culture of Iran.
Nagar (meaning ‘town’ in Hindi) is a photo series showcasing the Indian town Kavi Nagar, Ghaziabad.
A trip to Athens by Kostas Kapsianis.
Photographer Missy Prince's ongoing project on the American West.
Pictures from Phil Donohue's trip along Route 66.
This photographic travel diary is a homage to the neon-church aesthetic of California.
Sehir explores the transition and development occuring throughout Istanbul's central neighborhood.
Tucked in the valley within the endless Andean Mountains sits Nuestra Señora de la Paz, or just La Paz for short. A nickname that, on its surface, has no connection to the city.
Pictures from Duran Levinson's trip to Hong Kong.
Pictures from Dan Monick's trip to Tokyo.
Pictures from Italy shot by Kent Andreasen.
Pictures from a roadtrip through Sicily.
The San Fernando Valley is an ocean of land. It is surrounded by obstacles. Incredibly easy to get to, it can be very difficult to get out of.
Last days of summer captured by Arthur Groeneveld and Bamboo van Kampen.
'Beached' exposes the sunnier side of life and provides an artful view on some of the most simplest of delights.
Pictures from Lotte van Raalte's roadtrip through California.
Photos by Jessa Carter shot during her trip to Spain.
Photos from Stefan Dotter's trip to Sicily.
Impressions from Stefan Giftthaler's trip to China.
Pictures from the Mediterranean Sea conveying a cool effortless beauty.
A journey through the American landscape.
Pictures from the South of France capturing the moments in between.
A personal journey through the city of Natal, Brazil.
The series LOST AWAY stands for the moment you wanna go away, disappear and get lost.
The Balinese have an alias grace. They are both light and dark, gentle and mysterious, like two sides of an eclipsing moon.
Pictures from Mexico and Guatemala shot on a 35mm Olympus by Theresa Gross - Part. II