Sinking

artwork by Simran Kaur

I’m Simran Kaur, I’m Punjabi and I’m 19 years old. I’m a still life, product, and creative portrait photographer and artist based in London (England). My Instagram account is @simran_k_01 and I do also have a website if you wanna have a look which is this one https://simrankaur001.wixsite.com/photography .

about my still life photography project

On the 9th of February 2021 in India, specifically in the state of Uttarakhand, a hanging glacier broke and triggered a massive flood. This flood killed many people, and there are still many others who are still missing. The flood did also cause the death of many animals and destroyed houses, tunnels and streets. Is not the first time that a flood happens, and some of my relatives which live in those areas have been affected by these floods multiple times. The floods are caused mostly by the meltdown of the glaciers which are triggered by climate change as Dr Kalachand Sain, director of the Dehradun- based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, stated in an article on BBC news written on the 10th of February 2021. 

My relatives, which live in those areas, but also the other people have been affected multiple times by these floods. Sometimes they are small, but they still bring destruction. Their hopes for the future are shattering like the glaciers. My relatives hope to keep living there since for many generations they lived there, but the constant melting of the glacier is worrying them and the other people living in those areas, therefore people have been moving out for their safety.  

To showcase this shattering hope and to increase climate change awareness, but to also tell people what happened in Uttarakhand the last month, I captured these images. I stagged a flood inside my sink by using some dirty water from the plants I have at home and some toys, which represent people, animals, the environment. I did also create this fogged/ blurry effect to make the viewer feel underwater. 

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