I left Africa when I was 17, so It’s not home anymore for me but everything I am today is because of my upbringing there. My love for nature, vast landscapes and wildlife has only deepened over the years. Summer vacations would mean going to serene beaches, catching wildlife in ngorongo, serengeti, or fishing in the islands, swimming in the ocean, but what stayed with me was the love for natural wildlife. When you expose a young child to a lot of animals at an early age, the natural inclination and love for animals just grows. If I had it my way, I would probably have a zoo at home. As my parent’s tell me stories till date, I would bring home anything I see on the road. Birds, Rabbits, Puppies. I would crack a deal with the street seller and bring them home to my parents, hoping they would let me keep the pet and pay him. My early fascination for traveling to India was the ability to see more stray dogs apart from wanting everything my mom shopped. I have hidden stray puppies in our ancestral home so my great grand mother wouldn’t see them. I had to break up dog fights & have gotten bitten. Being the only child, I found them all to be my favorite companions. The feeling is the same for predators, baring a certain few. I feel like bringing all of them home. Over the years, Sid & I have travelled back home several times to connect and pause. There is still no place in the world that is as magical and breathtaking for us. My heart will still beat to the african drum. We both can’t wait to go back this year to fulfill our hearts again.
Sid and I are excited to be sharing memories we have captured from our trip from 2012 when Sid was determined to carry a 800mm prime lens on our vacation to capture these intimate frames. Prints will be available for sale online. Photographs by Mili Ghosh @milighosh and Sid Ghosh @teslaman86