What I like most about my photo assignments is the bagful of opportunities they provide me with, to live a life so removed from the world I have grown used to; even if for a day or two. The accompanying travel is an aspect which I eagerly plan for and look forward to.
But no preparation is ever enough for the social documentaries which I work on. On most shoots, I see what lies before me through the lens of my camera: a little detached (if that is the correct expression) and not getting enough time to reflect. Usually, it sort of sinks in when I am back home – poring over the images. But when I returned from a recent shoot for Sense International – an NGO working for, supporting and advocating a better life for deaf-blind children and adults (remember the movie Black?), I longed to go back and spend an afternoon with Sneha – to smell the roses, feel the pebbles beneath my feet, and marvel at her life-like-no-other.