‘Coming Out’ Poignant Yet Haunting Photo Series Depicts Homophobia In India

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“Coming Out”- the photo series which depicts the real side of society- whatever we think about this modern world, there is still so much violence faced by LGBT community.

Arjun Kamath, a photographer & film student has shared bitter photo series on his facebook page which shows the journey and struggle of being different from the masses in the society we live in.

Arjun told to the leading portal, “I firmly believe that people be allowed to be in love whoever they want without being judged.

When you make a person feel like they’ve committed a crime because they’re in love with a person of the same gender, I think it’s primitive thinking and totally unacceptable. I have friends who are gay and therefore the issue resonated with me.

‘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.”

See the power of photographs and beautiful concept here!

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Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Maitreyi opened the door for the first time… The unending fog hung in the air like a suffocating sheath, blanketing the land with its ghostly glow.

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The cold wind blew bitterly, chilling Alpana to the marrow, as she opened the creaky closet door. The overhead dark clouds blotted out the orange sun from time to time, throwing the little patch of forest into an inky blackness. Flashes of lighting in the distance made the already nervous Alpana not want to step out…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The twigs crunched under Alpana’s feet as she stumbled out of the closet; Maitreyi’s calm presence gave her the hope that the forest was a safe place. As the two girls trudged ahead, the winds of the forest howled and roared, blowing a bitter chill past the endless line of dying trees..

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The wildlife held it’s breath as Alpana embraced Maitreyi; the girls had been in love for the longest time ever. And although the skeleton trees loomed large over their petite figures, they stood there undeterred. They had finally come out of the closet and now there was no looking back…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

As Maitreyi and Alpana grew comfortable in each others arms, the glowing sun started to reveal itself through the perilous clouds.

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The love between Maitreyi and Alpana overflowed and changed the mood of the forest. The mischevious sun peeped through the clouds and washed the forest with a golden glow as the girls trudged forward. The tree’s soft whispers against the wind was like a gentle lullaby, comforting them along the way…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

An atmosphere of calmness and peace pervaded, and the beauty was quietly stunning. The soft green grass under their feet stretched to the horizon and the song of the river was gentle. Alpana and Maitreyi had left the closet behind and stepped into a new world. The sky above them stretched as far as the eye could see in a dome of cocktail-blue, punched with fluffy clouds. They walked hand in hand, observing the squeaking swallows as they chased whirring dragonflies in a dance of life and death. The golden sun had evaporated the fear in their hearts and filled it with hope…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The cute little shrubs of the forest cast their reflection on the water forming buttery silhouettes; it was still early in the morning and the music of the birds floated in the air. Tiny fishes broke the surface of the water causing the water ripples to glimmer in the Sun’s reflection. The girls smiled in their newfound comfort and decided to play a game of hide and seek…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Alpana whispered, “Now I can do whatever I want.” Maitreyi smiled and said, “I’ve never stopped you.”

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The forest turned to pale copper as the rays of the sun pulled itself across the horizon and slid in between the grey clouds. Alpana tightened the knot one final time. “Good luck, Mai” she whispered…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The greys began to fade, as liquid gold crept up from leaf to limb. Maitreyi and Alpana had never been happier…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Maitreyi surrendered to the miraculous beat of her feet against the rocks that littered her path. Her laughter, breathless and sporadic, was an even cadence that mingled fluently with the morning chorus of the birds. Sweat beaded her forehead, causing her hair to cling to it as her throat ached for more air. The delicious rush of wind past her face thrilled her as she ran around the forest trying to catch Alpana. And as the canopy overhead thickened, her steps grew muffled because of the leaves that blanketed the forest floor; the ground no longer cold beneath her soles…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Suddenly during the game, Maitreyi collapsed to the ground as she felt the pain as strong as a hundred daggers sinking into her feet. Squirming with anguish, she sat on the damp grass, clutching her feet. Her eyes were watery with the sheer pain and her breathing came out in sharp, shallow rasps. Sweat dripped down the side of her face and covered her foreheard in a thin sheen. A nasty thorn had penetrated her leg and she was in great pain…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Seeing Maitreyi in pain caused Alpana’s chest to swell with melancholy. However, Alpana willed herself to comfort Maitreyi and pull the thorn out of her flesh. She tried to ignore the ringing in her ears, the heat coming from her cheeks as she felt the need to cry and yell at herself; it was her idea to play hide and seek after all. The small punctures in Alpana’s heart slowly filled with dread, knowing that she didn’t have long before she completely lost it. She sucked in a breath and held it there. She had to be strong. For Maitreyi. For her.

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Maitreyi’s thumb caressed Alpana’s earlobe softly, her fingers supporting the back of her head as she leant in firmly, yet seductively, placing her lips over Alpana’s nose. Ragged breathing and dancing heartbeats brought a fiery heat to the cold forest air. “It’s not your fault…” whispered Maitreyi.

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Parivala, very much like Maitreyi and Alpana had found freedom in the very same forest a few days ago. So when she saw the girls embrace each other, her heart was overcome with joy. She observed them from a distance and was glad that they had come out…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Parivala blessed the girls and walked away…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

It was a new day and the glimmer of hope strengthened with every passing minute.

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Maitreyi and Alpana’s joyful laughter echoed through the forest… But somewhere in the distances, maybe miles away, maybe just a few feet, they heard something moving. Once, twice. Something heavier dropped, crashed into the rubble, echoed off the trees. Then silence again…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The Rakshasas of the forest had heard Maitreyi and Alpana’s laughter…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The only love that was allowed was between man and woman…

Maitreyi and Alpana would pay for their sins…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Maitreyi and Alpana were dragged through the forest mercilessly… Their biggest sin was that they had loved each other, and not a man.

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The love that brought them together, was the love that tore them apart…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

The love that brought them together, was the love that tore them apart…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Nobody heard them screaming, nobody wiped their tears. Maitreyi clutched Alpana’s hand tightly as the doors closed on them…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Silence hung in the air like a bereaved soul as Maitreyi and Alpana embraced each other one last time…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Plumes of black smoke filled the closet and the searing heat slowly made it difficult to breathe; Maitreyi and Alpana held onto each other, their nails almost digging into each others flesh. All the wonderful moments that they spent together flashed before their eyes as the closet erupted into flames…

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

God wept a silent rain as Parivala screamed and cried… but it was too late. She sobbed as she sank to her knees, not caring for the damp mud that dirtied her dress; she had blessed the girls a few days ago and now they were gone.

Arjun Kamath's coming out series

Credits:

Production-Design – Nishitha Karumbaiah
Make-up – Sonia Keer Dhawan
Costume-Design and Styling – Amritha Rajavelu
Creative-coordinator – Arvind
Girl – Sarah Harish
Story, Photography and Creative-Direction – Arjun Kamath