Social Distance? Aye. Lockdown? Nay.
At a time when towns, cities and states across India are being locked down to tackle the menace that is COVID-19, my thoughts drift to the many pastoral communities I have had the privilege of travelling with over the past 2 decades, often through entire migrations. Now living within the confines of four walls for safety, it seems both ironic and natural to think about a people who, diverse in the geographies they inhabit, are united in their lives of eternal movement.
This series, which will remain a growing body of work with uploads everyday, will be a balm for me in this time. Hopefully, they'll also be a showcase of this beautiful country, it's terrain and the people who call its unpeopled expanses home.
A bakarwal crosses a stream on horseback. Where wheels have no purpose, hooves are the preferred mode of transport. Kashmir, India
Framed by a gushing geyser, a Changpa nomad in Ladakh leads his horses over dangerous ground to winter pasture
Bakarwal nomads. Shearing season in the alpine valleys of India's kashmir.
Rabari shear a goat, who's also a mum with kids, one of which feels feeding and hairdressing can go hand in hand.
A Rabari woman walks barefoot through a recently burnt acacia forest with a potful of water
Trinley, 3. his face a reflection of what sun, wind and cold and unleash 5,000 metres above sea level
Early morning on the Changthang plateau, at an altitude of 5,000 metres above MSL. As breakfast and warmth get ready inside the nomadic tent's (called rebo), milking and preparation for the daily grazing continue outdoors.
A Changpa nomad takes his horses to pasture, Ladakh, India
Portrait of a Bakarwal elder, in the Pir Panjal mountains of Kashmir.
The Raika, camel herders, on move through the scrubland of Rajasthan. These pastoralists, move late in the evening to take advantage of the lower temperatures post sundown
Portrait of a Rabari elder, Rajasthan.