Family Ties is an ongoing project documenting the lives of my family scattered around the world. I started the project in 2009 by photographing my Father with his brothers and my grandfather for father’s day. Soon after, I put together a couple sittings and started documenting my family as they went about their daily activities. I soon graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and my parent’s had sent me to India for a nice vacation. There, I spent a couple of months with my mother’s side of the family, some of whom I have not seen in over ten years. I also got to attend the wedding ceremonies of two of my cousins in Ajmer.
In April of 2011, I paid a visit to other relatives living in the United States. My aunt Nima lives in Grenada Mississippi with her American husband Jeremy. They are contractors and they make homes for a living. I also got to visit relatives in Georgia and San Francisco. They are all of Indian descent, and have traits that make it obvious. Growing up in different parts of the world have altered the way my family interacts with each other, and this project hopes to feature the differences and similarities.
Family Ties will also eventually answer some questions about our migration to different parts of the world.
The images offer an intimate and heart-warming look at the filial bonds, simple joys and comfortable dynamics of my family. It is a family album.
This is a supplemental journal on the project : Valiram's