Getting to know the people and their life
Photography by Rhea Gupte
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.