Photographer Explores Homophobia In India With Haunting Series Of Photos


Arjun Kamath, a photography and film student, has shared a poignant photo series called ‘Coming Out’ on his Facebook that explores the persecution faced by homosexual people in India.

The fictional narrative shares the story of two women coming out to the world, from the initial moment of love and bravery, shown through the character Maitreyi leading Alpana out into a forest, to a horrific symbolic ending.

The lovers emerge from the (literal, in this case)  closet, believing that the forest is a safe place.

‘It’s a free world…’

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 14.09.33 Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 14.10.09Maitreyi gets a thorn in her foot, and Alpana comforts her.

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They’re blessed by Parivala, a woman who ‘had found freedom in the forest a few days ago’.

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But suddenly, the couple are ambushed by Rakshasas – the word for a type of evil in Hindi mythology – who believe that the only acceptable love is that between a man and a woman.

‘The love that brought them together, was the love that tore them apart,’ writes Arjun. Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 14.12.48They’r forced back into the closet, and set on fire.Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 14.13.25 Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 14.13.47

The amazing photo series has resonated with people all over the world, with thousands liking and sharing Arjun’s Facebook album.

He told The Metro: ‘I firmly believe that people be allowed to be in love whoever they want without being judged

‘I felt as an artist I needed to share my voice with the world. India is changing for the better, but certain issues like homosexuality are still not considered normal and gay relationships are despised.’

You can see more of Arjun’s work here

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