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An Indian Love Story

An Indian Love Story

For this ongoing project, I chose to focus on my parents, who have been married for almost five decades, as a way of exploring the landscape of a long-term relationship. I’m at a juncture in my own life where I am about to embark on a similar commitment and this has cast my parents in a new light – I see them now, not just instinctively as my maa and baba, but as individuals in a relationship, as a man and a woman with their own past andtheir own stories, yet existing as something more than their separate identities.

Intimacy in a place like India is about familiarity and anticipation, and I am struck when I look at my parents from my new perspective by the gentleness with which they work together, how their long experience of intimacy and unspoken gestures colours their daily life. I have tried to capture the rhythm of their home and their partnership, and how those forty plus years have made two people into one entity – this idea of Mr and Mrs Das.

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