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Client

Personal Project

Concept

Getting to know the people and their life

Credits

Photography by Rhea Gupte

Location

Kutch, Gujarat

When the first thing you notice about a place, especially in my case, is not the light, the color or the architecture, but the kindness of the people around, is when you know you have reached somewhere truly special. Although every sunrise in Kutch was more magical than the last, the color—a perfect blend of a desaturated earthy hue and the architecture as mesmerising as it was unique, it was the people of Gujarat who instantly stole my heart. Perhaps the trip being a reunion with my childhood friends from twenty years had put me in a good mood, or the fact that I was shooting a story for Gucci which had me feeling elated, or I resign to the certainty that the people here were responsible for filling me up with more positivity than ever.

We visited a small village called Bhujodi on our first day in Kutch, after shooting the editorial at sunrise. In the village, I was amazed to see beautiful houses in every hue imaginable. Each corner was a source of inspiration and each lane, to me, was an aesthetic escape, far away from anything I had seen in India till date. The people here were extremely hardworking, skilled and artistic. Many of them have been carrying on their shoulders, the responsibility of keeping alive the traditional art and craft of their forefathers. They had immense knowledge about their art and a desire to educate the world about it. They spoke freely about their day, their business and their craft, perhaps used to tourists gawking into their homes awe-struck. But they did so welcomingly and with kindness, respecting us as guests in their home but never making us feel like the outsiders that we were. We spent an entire afternoon on foot, interacting, roaming and discovering the village through our eyes.

It was an experience I wish to relive in every city of my country. The freedom that came with openly walking around, camera in hand, speaking to anybody who crossed my path was unique and liberating. To have my friends by my side and to experience this with them, was exceptional.





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    1. Hi Shubhangi, thank you! Glad you like them. Indeed, there is just SO much of India to discover, it is something I constantly look forward to!

  1. Stunning photos! I love the freedom they show. Looks like the world stop for a sec. I have to agree, we miss things my grandma use to tell me, that there was a better world 50 years ago.

    1. Hi Ramonne. I always love reading your comments. So insightful. Yes, grandparents are filled with such tales of wonderment. Makes me feel like taking a journey backwards in time, at times.

  2. What a beautiful article! Just like all your other articles. I read them all in one go and couldn’t stop in between! You are exceptionally talented 🙂

    1. Hi Ahona! Thank you so much! So happy you are enjoying the articles on FUSS. Keep visiting and I hope to never disappoint. Much love!

  3. these photographs are beautiful and so vibrant. i’ll be going to india in a month or so and these images are making me so excited to go!!