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.
Baba meticulously sorts out his paper work
At the crack of dawn, baba goes out to pluck flowers for the deities.
My parents house
sundays in an ashram.
The morning ritual – freshly brewed tea
Tea, Britannia Marie biscuit and the morning newspaper
Baba likes to keep his car sparklingly clean
Always making sure the mechanic is doing the job right.
picking flowers for puja
Baba isn’t the average asian man – he always helps Maa in kitchen
Their two dogs keep them occupied all day
Helping Baba choose his new spectacles
Baba still prefers typing
My parents are hoarders – that television is atleast 25 years old.
Maa’s only choice of cream – Pond’s cold cream
Waiting for morning tea
Local jeweller in Malaysia
Window shopping in Kuala Lumpur
Maa is taking the photos to share it with her sister.
Baba takes down notes of the different kinds of Chinese tea in Kuala Lumpur.
Result of the first portrait session after their wedding, from the first page of the wedding album of my parents, Samiran and Purnima.
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