In the 2013 PX3 – Prix de la Photographie Paris – People’s Choice Awards, my entry ‘E-2 the Future’ won a silver in the book (series) documentary category.
As if in sync with a changing India, our family home saw a complete transformation as we embarked on a two year construction project which offered a visual and sensory feast, sometimes bordering on overload. But more importantly, the experience gave us all an opportunity to unburden ourselves of the restrictions of the past in preparation for a journey into the future. In effect, house number 2 in E block was seeking new directions.
A construction project in India is, to say the least, a chaotic, colorful event as mostly rural migrant workers create urban dreams. A worker holding up a light bulb as his comrades labored late into the night made for a striking image. And it made me wonder, will the light take them to the future too?
“E-2 the Future” is an extension of my earlier multiple award-winning series “F1 to the Future”, “T3 to the Future” and “Toons to the Future” which present a fresh perspective on how – despite the odds – India is evolving, while debunking stereotypical views about the country.