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The lion share of my photographic career has been spent in capturing people. I have come across the human species of different characteristic, speaking different languages, living different life style. Every time I had different experience. But in all the cases, life has amazed me.
On my first trip to Ladakh, in 2014, when I visited Karzok, I couldn't explore much of the place and its people because of the altitude sickness. Yet, amidst that breathtaking beauty of the valley by the Tso Moriri, I did not miss to notice the presence of the nomadic people. Though I tried, but I was not satisfied to capture their life much and I had to come back here for more .
On my third trip to this stunning place, I got to spend two days there and of course, I was prepared. The wandering tribe of Chumthung plateau lives in makeshift arrangement scattered over a large chunk of the valley. The rugged land is not easy to be trodden on, while the altitude is a big challenge. I was on my mission early in the morning, to catch a glimpse of their day. Some of them were quite welcoming, while some were not. I roamed around and started to interact with them and all this while kept on documenting their way of living. I saw them busy milking the herd, skinning them for wool. I waited till the evening to see them come back from the pasture with their herd. I was amazed to see the women climbing up and down the hill with the animals at ease and laughed at our urban, corporate fitness. Seeing a woman getting supply from the nearby market accompanied by three kids and two donkeys will never fade from my memory. Rather I plan to visit again and spend more time with these free souls.
While other people grow their roots, these roamers grow their wings. Looking through the viewfinder, I saw them taking on life with smiles while their friendliness and warmth extended to me reiterated in my ears, live life to express, not to impress.
Rather I plan to visit again and spend more time with these free soul ….