Traditional healing practices

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This photo is of my friend with whom I rode camels around the Thar desert for five days, slept under the stars, and got caught in storms and sandstorms. The latter were so vicious I had to be rushed to a local village woman by a young boy on his motorbike to remove the pieces of grit in my eye with tweezers, that had made me feel as if I was slowly losing my sight throughout the night.

I couldn’t open my eyes – they were too painful and sensitive to the beating sun – as I sat cross-legged outside her house. But in my mind I was in the middle of a beautiful scene of smiling children running in circles around us as she peeled my eyelids further and further upwards to exact more stubborn rubble from within.

I would love to conclude that this local and ancient method of restoring vision sufficed. That, however, was not the case. And the pain returned.

We reluctantly drove on to a bustling local hospital. I was immediately ushered into a very open room, flipped over and stabbed twice in the bum – once on each side – with sharp injections of painkiller.

I was told that someone had been throwing rocks in my eyes and was advised to avoid that. I was finally sent off with an extensive shopping list for eye-drops, tablets and medicines.

The pain waned, sight did eventually return, and I retreated once again to the desert.

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It’s a man’s world…?

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In a small village in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, India.

A single young girl amidst a flurry of boys running to have their photo taken too.

I was, and still am, caught up by her innocent expression here of pure joy at being the first to reach me and to stand alone framed by the frenzy of the other children.

I captured her photo in the moment before a subtle taint of shyness and confusion spread across her face.

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Hospitals and the Street

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These are taken in and of the town of Leh, in the Ladakh region in the northern India. The city was geared out in all festival paraphernalia to herald the arrival of the Dalai Lama at the 14th Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra festival held just outside the city.

Summer 2014

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