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Among familiar faces

If, like me, you are a voracious newspaper and magazine reader, then one of the things you may notice is that the only kind of women who seem to 'populate' this space are the ones at the extreme ends of the Indian socio-economic spectrum.

art and culture Updated: Jan 24, 2012 19:48 IST
Dinesh Khanna

If, like me, you are a voracious newspaper and magazine reader, then one of the things you may notice is that the only kind of women who seem to 'populate' this space are the ones at the extreme ends of the Indian socio-economic spectrum. Either they are Page 3 celebrities of variable distinction and film stars. Or they are downtrodden and impoverished.

The normal, everyday woman from the fast growing middle class is under-represented, if not invisible.

Fortunately for me, my life is full of them. Women who quietly and without much fuss run homes, bring up kids, have careers, pursue artistic passions, grow businesses and generally multi-task their way through life seemingly without too much effort and certainly without enough recognition. It is these women whom I want to chronicle through this photographic project Mothers and Daughters.

We live in times where people are photographing each other all the time.

This, somehow, has taken the ceremony and seriousness out of the 'portrait.' Which is why I decided to shoot these pictures in a studio setting with controlled lighting with a high-end digital camera and 24-105 lens, so that the women I photograph feel this is special. And that they are special.

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The author is a professional photographer who has exhibited extensively. He has done two pictorial books: Bazaar and Living Faith.