In a world that is becoming more and more hostile towards street photography, its possible to meet some innocent folk in India who are just the opposite. Instead of finding that decisive candid moment, one has to contend with families clamouring for you to shoot them as they see themselves. On a walk around Juhu beach in Mumbai last year, I ended up shooting a bunch of happy innocent folk who insisted on being photographed. They’re truly hands-free; no cell phones, no cameras… just each other for company. “I’m not a family photographer, just someone trying to overcome my inhibitions and figuring out if I can shoot in a crowd like you” I said to them. It’s fascinating how happily and quickly some of them assembled themselves with such precision. “We’re one big family and you’re a part of it, thank you.” one of them said to me. There is no way they can see these pictures or maybe they can….
These were taken last year on Ganesh Chaturthi day, when the whole city takes to the streets as one big family.