Award-winning Entry for Fujifilm Xtory by Ritesh Ghosh.
This festival is popular as the Yi Peng Festival or the Lantern Festival of Thailand. Although it is celebrated all over the country, the province of Chiang Mai is worth visiting. There are several temples in Chiang Mai which celebrate this festival. Candles and lamps illuminate the entire province. The sky is also lit up with people releasing Sky lanterns.
During the lockdown, it was very boring to stay inside home for a street & documentary photographer like me. But later I realised there is a huge part unexplored where we live in, our ‘Home’, the most commonplace with the most uncommon frames. The dramatic colours inside my home at night, the silence of the surroundings due to lockdown, the neighbours window through the trees with a vague curtain, their never-ending TV serials, a free-flying bird crossing through the gap of the buildings with a piece of tree branch for making a home, all these emotions, all these moments were untouched, unseen.
As a photographer, I always believed in creativity rather than gears. I love to document human interest topics and split-second moments which are very precious. When I am creating something, it’s important for me to catch those precious million-dollar moments of life. Accepting this ‘new normal’ was very difficult at the beginning, even now also it’s very difficult to get used to with this. But somewhere due to this sudden change in life, I found some time to rethink, what am I doing, what am I want to be, and most importantly what are the most important factors of my life. I tried to document life with sorrow, boredom, dark shadows & vibrant colors of our daily life as well as the unseen dreams, the desire to get freedom, the virtual chitchats in place of physical meet-ups & hangouts, every single precious moment of life in ‘Home’.