Of Love & Home: Photoseries Celebrating The Spaces We Call Our Own

Of Love & Home: Photoseries Celebrating The Spaces We Call Our Own

The idea of home and the reminiscing that often comes with it is rooted in the people who make it and their intricate relationships with each other and us. A lot of how we see the world and what we see in it is shaped by these people and these spaces. A sense of nostalgia somehow always follows our relationships with our elders and the houses they occupy. A lot of how we see our relationships and what we want from them is an extension or an aversion to their beliefs, who they are, and who they used to be.

Here’s our curation of photoseries that explore the warmth of love, ageing and home.

Aaya Mausam by Kirti Virmani

I. Aaya Mausam by Kirti Virmani

The comfort that comes with having spent the majority chunk of your life with someone and having made a home and life together is perhaps unmatched by anything else. The monotony of routines is the romance that comes to our grandparents as second nature. Their love is not a loud declaration but a silent agreement nested within wrinkles. As you get older love is not in stolen glances but in looks of certainty.

Kirti Virmani captures this essence of ageing in love but not ageing out of it in her photo series based on the same concept and couple as Aaya Mausam — a music video, directed by Kush aka thebombaywala with Gorkey Patwal as the DOP.

Check out Kirti’s work here.

Aaya Mausam by Kirti Virmani
Women And Power by Devika

II. Women And Power by Devika

Devika, a photographer, writer and dancer, has been dabbling with different mediums of art to express her perspectives and emotions. In an attempt to tap into the essence of intimate relationships that women share with each other, she captures the women of her family — her amma and ammamma.

Of the photo series, Devika says, “When I speak of women, I mean to talk about the power. I speak of the multitudes of all these roles they take up, and the elegance with which they commit. When I speak of women, I mean to talk about the strength they hold to walk on paths that demands a little, hell, a lot more of everything than a man is ever asked for.”

Check out Devika’s work here.

Women And Power by Devika
Grandfather's Vacation By Soham Joshi

III. Grandfather’s Vacation By Soham Joshi

Soham Joshi, a photographer based in Pune, would often set up a makeshift studio in his living room for his work. While working on one of his projects, his grandfather took an inquisitive interest in his work and the process of digital photography. Unlike analogue photography, the digital format is more forgiving; Soham’s grandfather would reminisce the days from his past when cameras and film were an expensive endeavour to the likes of photography professionals.

To help his grandfather’s curiosity, the duo decided to collaborate on the learning process and its end product is a series of photos clicked by Soham’s grandfather next to a sample photo clicked by Soham, which his grandfather would use as a reference to frame photos that followed.

Check out Soham’s work here.

Grandfather's Vacation By Soham Joshi
Ghar By Rashi Maikhuri

IV. Ghar By Rashi Maikhuri

Rashi Maikhuri is a post-graduate final year student in Fashion Styling and Image Design, based in Mumbai. Her family roots go back to the city of Dehradun, her hometown, that she used to visit as a child. These roots reflect in her photo series ‘Ghar’ as she captures the essence of the reminiscence and nostalgia that attaches itself to the idea of home. The core of the series, an extension of herself, lies in a person travelling back home, wanting to experience home again just like how it used to be once. Tapping into the idea of, “Ghar hai kidhar?”, (where is home?), Rashi closes in on the longing we feel for the past.

In her photo series, Rashi says, “The editorial captures the popular cultural elements and their connection with the subject. There is an obvious transition seen in the styling of the subject from when the subject arrives in the city and gradually starts picking up elements from the popular culture and adapts.”

Check out Rashi’s work here.

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