So my journey began in Mumbai. In the space of one month, I then travelled to Jamnagar (Gujarat) via Ahmedabad, from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur and then Jaipur. At this point, I still had no idea what I was doing. From Jaipur I was supposed to travel to Shimla in the north of India with a pit stop in Delhi for one night. Unfortunately, I fell ill with the flu and got stuck in Delhi for 4 days and had to change my itinerary. I decided to visit Varanasi during the Hindu religious festival Kumbh Mela which worked out for the best. From there I travelled back to Delhi to catch my train to Goa for my “holiday” time. After just under a week in Goa I returned to Mumbai for two nights before catching my flight home.
I only actually realised what my project was about in the third week of my trip. I had been trying to keep a journal and vloged my along the way too. My project Mein Hindi Nahi Bolti is based on my experience as a British born Indian in India. The project is a work in progress but currently, it consists on twenty images alongside text. separated in sections based on different observations over the duration of my time in india.
As per usual, when it came to exhibiting, my ideas were a little crazy. I wanted to build a rickshaw for people to sit in whilst watching a stop motion video I was working on at the time. The panels surrounding the space would be positioned in a way that each section, containing between 1 and 4 images would take the viewer on a trip all the way around the space and return to the entrance/exit. Like I said, it was a little unrealistic. In the end, that obviously didn’t happen but I have hopes that when I get a chance to work on the project again I will exhibit again elsewhere.
In portfolio form, I’d say its the beginning of a book. One thing I would like to do with my material from my trip is to create a book. I don’t say write a book because that makes me sound like I’m claiming to be a writer. I’m definitely not. I am however, a story-teller so I’m trying to practice my writing in order to actually be able to articulate all that all that I wish to tell.