My folks❤️ Sometimes it’s nice to look back and reflect on everything you’ve come through and what you achieved. It’s still crazy for me to understand that I’m now living and working in London. I do what I love in one of the best studios in the world. But all this is solely because my parents and I had a dream...
The power of dreams is very strong I should say..🙏🏼
Bio: B.1990, India. Vinod Babu is an Environmental Engineer turned photographer. He presently is working on documentary projects in his state and on two upcoming books.
About Refugees in Homeland': This is the first documentary project I have done moving from my traditional street photography. I always feel the story should come to you rather than we trying hard to find one and pressurize ourselves. It was summer and all newspapers of my state were reporting about the water crisis, I then wanted to see how my state is in this crisis which led to a bike journey through my state for a couple of months. While coming to home after completion of that, my mother called me and asked me to attend a village which has been protesting against the government for taking away their land for building a reservoir. I couldn't go then but later I visited with a team to the village and made pictures of their protest. I soon became friends with the local leader and they added me to their WhatsApp group from which I learn't about a village which has been forcibly evacuated so as to fill another reservoir. So these 3 projects together constitute my work, 'Refugees in Homeland'.
It's actually about how the water crisis has led to building dams which in turn displaced people, making them Refugees in their own Homeland.
PHOTO: A boy stands in front of his house, which he had to leave behind because of the reservoir.
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Feedback from @lensculture. Part 2.
“Image 5 reminds me of a cinematographic clip, there is something that also reminds me of other NYC photographers, it is a great shot but as honest as I need to be with you, this image does not say Gulnara it reminds me of your talent and your extreme skill but it does not grab my attention as the other ones do.
Image 6 is perhaps one of the strongest single images I have seen in a while, yes there is something that evokes perhaps some magnum photographers, but there is something that I also see in image 2 and 3 and 4 and that is your immense sensitivity to the environment juxtapose with every element that arises and dwindles. Here I see you in the perfect place and the perfect moment in the perfect light just as some of the images that I have described.
These two upcoming images 7 and 8 they both feel like the beginning of a journey, here I see your gaze still trying to figure out how to capture consciously and also intuitively, you see the images are direct, candid and lack the element of complexity of background and foreground that you so aptly capture, I see these images as your teachers of a new project and new world of possibility, I do not feel them as complete as some of your other singles.
I hope these suggestions serve you, I find your work remarkable, honestly and personally speaking, I have do doubt that there is an entire generation of younger photographers that will look at your images and not only be inspired but also confident in the endless possibility of photography.”