"Landscapes can be deceptive. Sometimes a landscape seems to be less of a setting for the life of its inhabitants than a curtain behind which their struggles, achievements and accidents takes place. For those who are behind the curtain, landmarks are no longer only geographic but also biographical and personal.”
- John Berger
Homeland, is an exploration of my native land, that discovers my personal connections with the place, inspired by a longing for the life that I lived around the rural landscapes.
After leaving the land, where I spent the first twenty years of my life, the feeling of longing prospered. And it never glimpsed earlier, when I was living there, the essence of belonging somewhere. Only, after seeing different cultures, absorbing life in different lands, I was able to identify the connections with my own. And that is something which I am exploring, by making an attempt to translate those connections with the land & its environment through images.
‘Homeland’ refers to Chhattisgarh, a state located in South-East stretch of India, where I lived with my family in a small industrial town surrounded by rice fields & barren lands.
In 2017, when I came back from Bangladesh after studying photography, I decided to explore & photograph my homeland. The realisation came later about what those images offered, a kind of reclamation of land through using visual metaphors. Although I am exploring personal connections, I believe that this process of documenting the land offers a bit more than just personal values attached to it. A view about the role of landscapes in our lives & how we perceive them, which is something universal that connects all of us. It makes me question about not only my identity but also about the importance of those human connections, which are hidden in the language, in the dry wind that runs around, in the soil, in the voices of people, their personalities & more.