I used to be glad after I was contacted to shoot a photograph that confirmed the consequences of the lockdown on Mumbai. My images apply has at all times documented the bodily world and through these previous few months that world had been shut down. It could be the primary time in 4 months that I’d go outdoors with my digicam.
I took myself to the ocean that has been a part of my childhood and grownup years — whether or not it was zipping down Marine Drive on the again of my dad’s scooter or photographing Parsis at prayer on the day and month of Ava, the water divinity; for me, the ocean fronts are probably the most iconic characteristic of our metropolis.
I discovered this couple deep in dialog, she appeared agitated, and he was comforting her by simply listening. He glanced up, noticed me with my digicam, I gestured to ask if it was okay to shoot — he nodded “sure” — went again to her and by no means glanced at me once more.
What this photograph says to me is that our want for human contact and bodily contact won’t ever disappear. It additionally reveals that the ocean is the place we go to for our heart-to-heart talks, for recreation, a breather, and a few calm. Our seafronts are democratic areas that talk to all, appeal to all.
I took many frames of this couple. I do not know what she was talking about. I can solely hope that this dialog on this night by the ocean gave her some consolation, some ‘sukoon’.
(As advised to Paroma Mukherjee)
Sooni Taraporevala is a chronicler of Mumbai. She is a photographer, an award-winning screenwriter and Nationwide Award-winning filmmaker. She received the Padma Shri in 2014.