It was the last Friday of Ramadan, and I was on my way to catch a bus for Jamia Masjid while walking through the bylanes of Maisum. This man carrying a huge Palestinian flag caught my attention. I assume the Youm-e Quds protest had just concluded in the locality, and he was taking the flag home, fearlessly carrying it on his shoulder. To share some context about the neighbourhood, Maisum is highly militarised as it is also where Yasin Malik—leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)—resides. Over the last three decades, Fridays in this locality have been especially tense.
Immediately upon seeing the man with the flag of Palestine marching, I was a little nervous to take out my camera and photograph him. Taking the camera out would have only made him conscious and aware of my presence, which could have potentially been perceived as disruptive or even disrespectful towards his sense of privacy. But I also did not want to miss this visual that summed up Kashmir's solidarity with Palestinians so well and within such an ephemeral moment that was unfolding right before me. Hence, I took out my phone camera, and waited for the man to get ahead of me, so that I could photograph him from the back, so as to not reveal his identity. And that is how this photograph was made in the month of May, 2019.
Her Pixel Story
We are a collective of women photographers from Kashmir dedicated to bring out womens' perspectives and distinct narratives of daily happenings in Kashmir. HPS is a growing collective and wishes to have more kashmiri women photographers on board. The collective organizes photowalks every once in a while.
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Postcards From Kashmir aims at reviving the trend of postcard collecting and writing. It is a humble attempt to bring the Kashmiris in exile and self-exile closer to home. The initiative is profit based, helping the artist manage her expenses.