Homes of India

Companyfreelance
Photographeralina fedorenko
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

From my first travel experience, India inspired me in my photography. This time I returned with a deeper perspective on the real life of people in India, a portrayal of Indian culture that is more intimate. A home is the soul of its owner and the most intimate place of a person, it tells a story about the residents living in it. Entering a home brings me closer to the way of life of these people and helps me to understand. Every home and its occupants have their own story of life to tell, in India the colors help to tell the rest. I portraiture families, men and women, young and old people, all living in different slum areas in the north part of India, such as Rajasthan and Delhi. Most of the people in my work, live a life at the edge of existence and are socially disadvantaged. In India, financially unstable families sharing usually a small house with up to six to seven members, it is a common scene of the slums. Most of these households have only one room, which is being shared with the whole family. One third of the slums are devoid of an indoor toilet. The ones that do have a toilet are not connected with proper sewerage systems. Many generations are sharing life and dependant on each other. I want my work also to act as a reminder of the importance of family and shared values, which is a certain kind of wealth that even those who have less can cherish and enjoy.

Story

From my first travel experience, India inspired me in my photography. This time I returned with a deeper perspective on the real life of people in India, a portrayal of Indian culture that is more intimate. A home is the soul of its owner and the most intimate place of a person, it tells a story about the residents living in it. Entering a home brings me closer to the way of life of these people and helps me to understand. Every home and its occupants have their own story of life to tell, in India the colors help to tell the rest. I portraiture families, men and women, young and old people, all living in different slum areas in the north part of India, such as Rajasthan and Delhi. Most of the people in my work, live a life at the edge of existence and are socially disadvantaged. In India, financially unstable families sharing usually a small house with up to six to seven members, it is a common scene of the slums. Most of these households have only one room, which is being shared with the whole family. One third of the slums are devoid of an indoor toilet. The ones that do have a toilet are not connected with proper sewerage systems. Many generations are sharing life and dependant on each other. I want my work also to act as a reminder of the importance of family and shared values, which is a certain kind of wealth that even those who have less can cherish and enjoy.

About Photographer

I was born in1985 in the historic city of Lviv, Ukraine, and grew up in Berlin, Germany. I studied Fashion Design in London. After a few years in London I returned to Germany and changed focus. I reinvented myself and ultimately re-started from scratch my Studies, and quickly found a way to Photography. On my first trip to India I discovered my love and passion for photography. India inspired my work from the first moment and still shapes my work supplementary. My work is the result of the expirience of my travels to many different countries. Each one of those places and people has contributed to define me as an artist and person. This expirences changed my hole view of life, it influented my photography from the first try and expirence. My photography is very bright and rich of colors, it is mostly about the people who has less in life. Most of my work concentrate on daily moments, situations which life creates, I try not to interfered with my presence in the moments i come along in the daily life of people. What makes my work special and distinguish me from other photographers is the fact that I´m a single Mother travelling and working together with my small child (2,5 years old). My child is involved in the hole process and also gives me a total new perspective of the people we come across and a different way to interact with the people. I try to work as a freelancer and constantly on my photography projects. I never had the chance to finish my BA of Photography because of my pregancy, but will gain it some day, in the meanwhile I shape myself as a photographer.