Many of us think kids need good, shiny toys, nice playgrounds, bicycles, etc. Well, here is the evidence of the opposite. These tribal girls have the sweetest of smiles on their faces when they lack those toys, playgrounds, what’s more, they have to do housework to help their parents. But believe me…the whole world is their playground and they enjoy it to the end. All they need is an equally warm smile and love. (India, 2002)
When I visited a village of the Marie Tribe in Bastar in Chattissgarh, India, I was given a special treat: a dance by the youngsters of the village. Fully decorated with elegant jewellery and colourful make-up, the girls helped each other in the preparations of the dance. It was a true example of solidarity.
India is an incredible treasure for photographers. Her people and landscape with their today and yesterday give us every possible subject and pose to enjoy. I took these photos in Rajasthan State, where you can find a flurry of colours and culture, in 2003. The women I saw there were always smiling and very well-ornamented. Even the heavy baskets of paan leaves did not fade these smiles.
Going to Bastar, which is a district of the State of Chhattisgarh in Central India, gave me an opportunity to get glimpses of civilizations that, until then, I had only seen in documentaries or magazines like National Geographic. They belonged to the Bison Horn Maria Tribe. I took this picture in Jagdalpur city 2002 when I joined a group of journalists, artists and travel writers to visit the area in a trip for the promotion of Chhattisgarh.
This is actually part of a 7 photo series of this young woman from Chattisgarh in India where I visited in 2002. She was all unaware that she was being photographed, until this one. This is the moment when she noticed me. But she didn’t react and went on to fill her buckets. She was so beautiful and so natural, yet her eyes were piercing through the lens…