The photograph is symbolic of the damage caused to girls and women in our society because of crimes like female foeticide, dowry death, human trafficking, sexual offenses etc. It shows the existence of the deplorable reality of a life as good as that of this breathless Gudiya
Missing the Springtime of Life
This picture represents the sad reality of our children, especially girls, who are devoid of their childhood. They spend their days, not in school, but in their and others' homes doing the daily household chores. They are devoid of the love and care which is required to nurture them. The gendered conditioning starts at an age too young to believe.
A Confined Life
The picture shows how the restrictions, questions, threats, violence, demoralization, harassment, societal pressure etc. is imposed upon a female in order to keep her ‘in control’. Her freedom is left at the mercy of the patriarchal society and her life is confined to their command/wishes.
Weapon of Massive Destruction
The picture captures the harsh reality of open and unregulated sale of acids which can be conveniently acquired by the perpetrators and be used as a tool for disfiguring and destroying lives.
Flames of Revenge
The photograph shows how a spark of revenge or anger can burn down somebody’s life to ashes by the inhumane act of acid attack.
The photograph is only an attempt to express the unimaginable intensity of inflammation and excruciating pain that a survivor goes through when attacked by acid. It not only causes the skin tissues to melt but also sometimes can dissolve the bones too. The severe damage which is caused can also pose a great risk of death.
The photograph shows how such news are far more than just the remains of injustice. The regret of having stepped out on the fateful day, the fear of never being able to get back what is lost, the guilt of having caused the family and her own self physical, mental and economic hardship are only a few things which keep coming back as nightmares on reading such news.
The Bandage of Misery
The photograph depicts that the very first operation is only a start to the several other operations which they have to undergo and that the bandage is a constant reminder of the fear of entering into a skin which wouldn't look anywhere near to familiar the one she is accustomed to. It is no less a fear than that of a serious identity crisis.
Haunted by Myself
This picture expresses the hatred which grows inside of the survivor because of the behavioral change in people around her, including her very own family members. Many a time, even their own family members refuse to support and stand by the survivors, they, in fact, try disassociating themselves with them. This puts the survivors in a state of repulsion against her own self.
Trapped in Agony
Amidst the hardship and sufferings, there is a soul, which is troubled, shaken and trapped into something it could never dream of. It feels like a nightmare, where the person is struggling to wake up and get back to reality.
Sometimes it is difficult to bear the truth, especially when it is unendurably painful. The photograph is about the disheartening struggle with reality. It shows the inability accept the jarring fact of life.
This powerful photograph captures the feeling of emptiness expressed through the eyes. It represents the lost hope in her own self and in everything around her.
A Struggle to break free
Coming to terms with the reality wasn’t easy, but accepting to live with it is even more torturing. The emotional upheaval which keeps resurfacing pushes against the heart the desire to break free.
Bars of Stigmatization!
The photograph shows that because of the stigmatization and insensitive treatment by the society the survivor not only loses her self-confidence but is also fettered and victimized by notions which the world builds against her.
Tears of Nostalgia
The photograph depicts a moment where the survivor nostalgically looks at an old picture of her and wishes to rewind time. There are also survivors who don’t even have a picture to share how they used to look prior to the attack.
The better half
Both the pictures are of the same person, sharing the same life and experiences. How one judges which is the better half will be based on their perception of beauty.
The photograph shows that no matter how hard the survivor may try to hide her burns, in order to escape any embarrassment or awkwardness, the discomfort will continue to haunt her.
Veil of Reluctance
It is not very easy to face the world, knowing that the world is not going to look at you the same way as it used to. The photograph shows a survivor resorting to veil by compulsion because of the stares and insensitivity which instils reluctance in them
The wounds heal, but the Scars remain
The survivors usually have to undergo multiple surgeries for treatment. The surgery might help them recover, but it cannot take away the scars (physical as well as mental) the incident has left upon the survivors.
The photograph shows the plight of the survivor, and the sense of isolation which creeps in as a result of not being able to ‘fit in’ in social or economic setups. Many a time the insensitivity makes them want to quit their life.
Behind the Smile
The photograph symbolically shows the sadness and pain which they carry behind their smile. It is important to take notice of that and help them cope with it.
A Token of Love
The photograph shows the irony of love and its expression. On the one hand, we have lovers like Shah Jahan who created memorial like the beautiful Taj Mahal as an expression of an everlasting love for their beloved, while, on the other hand we have fanatics who mistook their desire for love and tried to attack and disfigure the identity of their ‘beloved’ by throwing acid upon them. This was his token of love for her.
Unfair & Dreadly
The photograph tries to show the harsh reality of our society, where acid is available as easily as any beauty cream, and its one time use is more than sufficient to impact one’s entire life, by turning it upside down, tearing them apart and pulling them to the scariest darkness of life.
The photograph shows a small but a significant step towards bringing a transformation in the survivors’ lives. It shows how meditation can help them connect with themselves and help them regain the lost hope. Meditation and spiritual practices help in bringing positivity in life.
No matter what the world throws at you, from a mother you can always expect unconditional Love. The photograph captures an intimate moment between a mother and her daughter, both of whom were attacked by her own husband. It also tries to send across the message that, love moves the world. We can be more generous by being more loving. A loving environment helps the survivors overcome and cope with the trauma soon.
The Power of Faith
The photograph shows that the survivor’s faith in the almighty helped them sustain through the toughest phase of their lives and has made them stronger with time and experience. It has also imbibed in them the quality of appreciating and being grateful for every the little thing which lightens up their life
Neglect the Negatives
Negativity around the survivors only solidifies the misery. The photograph shows a survivor resolving cheerfully to not let her conscience get consumed & troubled by any negative speech, sight or dialogue and to establish positivity into her life by learning to channelize the energy into everything uplifting and positive.
The photograph portrays the courageous emotional journey of a transfiguration after the attack. Her evolution from a broken and hesitant woman to a woman full of confidence and resilience.
Rising from darkness
No misery has lasted forever, and this one too had to pass. The photograph shows the growth of the survivor from hiding behind the veils to leaving the veil behind her, from fighting the darkness of reluctance, self-doubt, lack of confidence and value for the self to rising from it. None of the scars can put her to shame anymore because she is now comfortable in her own skin.
Body, Mind & Soul
The compilation tries to show the value of a wholesome growth through yoga, meditation and spiritual practices which helps in sustaining a healthy life. It heals even those injuries which might not be visible to the eyes, helping them to relax and let go things which are not required to be accumulated (stress, negativity etc.)
My Smile is my Strength
I no longer use a smile just to hide my pain. My smile comes from within, and I cannot afford to lose it! It has taken me time and courage to understand the value of smile. Truly, it’s priceless. The joy which comes from within is priceless. A simple smile can brighten your day and also somebody else’s too. So remind yourself often to smile ☺
My Confidence speaks for me
This photo depicts the confidence which the survivors have come to acquire. They no more hold back themselves and have gone on to participate & inspire others to value everything they have got, through their experiences and to stand against what’s wrong and to encourage what’s right. They stand against acid attack and have become the voice of many who are yet to come out of their veil and face the world.
'Because I have a brother, I'll always have a friend'
It is always assuring to know that someone’s got your back. To know that you have a friend, a family whom you can trust and look forward to in times, good or bad. This is a photograph of one such assuring relationship.
Falling in love with myself
The World appears beautiful when one is happy from within. The photograph shows one such moment, where the survivor adores herself. She is no more stuck with the nostalgia and has been able to break through the shackles of societal norms of beauty. She is now in love with herself!
Together We Smile, Together We Rise
The photograph shows a shining example of a great support system. The survivors and their loved ones, in all unity, stand by each other. This has helped them overcome fear and spread happiness.
The Circle of Love
We all know about the circle of Karma, but nothing can defeat this circle. The survivors live like a family. They have fun, they also fight, just like any of us. But what binds them strong is their love and understanding for each other.
I am Beautiful
The photograph shows the confidence which the survivor has come to acquire and the belief in her own self might also end up giving you a complex.
Survivors have a hard time getting married. It is one of the outcomes of the insensitivity of the society. However, it is not always so. There are survivors who have gotten married after the attack and live happily in their marriage. This proves that marriages have something more to it than appearance. For those (survivors) have gained enough mental independence that they know, they'll find the right match at the right time.
A Heart Full of Soul
We all carry a heart in us; the photograph shows that they too have one which knows understands the language of love just like ours. It shows that love is a connection between souls, and cannot be bound by differences.
The Unrobable Joy
The photograph displays the joy and enthusiasm of the acid attack survivor, which she realized, is her very nature and nobody can rob her of what exclusively belongs to her.
Make a Wish
The photograph depicts the beauty of a survivor and how, just like any of us, she too has a beautiful world of her dreams full of wonders which nobody could, and nobody can ever snatch away, not even her perpetrators.