Citylights: Dreamcatchers

Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans

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People say ‘Follow your dreams. They know the way.’

Childhood dreams are sometimes just dreams. The childhood fantasies of “When I grow up I will be a..” are juxtaposed with the reality of an adult’s current livelihood. The contrast is captured beautifully by a Delhi girl, Deeksha Rathore, in this photo series.

Deeksha is a second-year mass media student of Jai Hind College, Mumbai. Her album titled ‘Dreamatcher’ is a reality check that bursts the bubble of a perfect life. This photo series is about dreams that got lost along the path of life.

“My mother counselled me as I panicked about my future. According to her one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would and that’s alright,” says Deeksha.

The series of 12 images evoke many emotions and take us down the path of what could have been. It makes us reflect on our own ambitions and wonder what the future has in store for us. Deeksha’s work is reassuring and gives out a simple, yet powerful message.  You cannot plan life, but things work out in the end. Just go with the flow.

The Paan Wala

The Paan Wala (1/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #ThePaanwala #Paanwala #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Air Hostess

The Air Hostess (2/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs # TheAirHostess #Airhostess #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Sabzi Wala

The Sabzi Wala (3/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheSabziwala #Sabziwala #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Mithai Maker

The Mithai Maker(4/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheMithaiMaker #Mithai #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Doctor

The Doctor (5/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheDoctor #Doctor #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Juice Wala

The Juice Wala (6/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheJuicewala #Juicewala #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Bar Tender

The Bartender (7/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheBartender #Bartender #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Jeweller

The Jeweller (8/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheJeweller #Jeweller #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Mochi

The Mochi (9/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheMochi #Mochi #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Bai

The Bai (10/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheBai #Bai #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Rickshaw Wala

The Rickshaw Wala (11/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #Rickshawwala #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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The Sales Man

The Salesman (12/12) . Dreamcatcher is a series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between an individual's current and childhood dream job. The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that's alright. So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children. . @indiaphotoproject @officialhumansofbombay @mumbai_igers #Dreamcatcher #PhotoSeries #Diptychs #TheSalesman #PhotographyProject #Photography #Humans #HumanStories #StoriesOfIndia #Profession #Dream #Nikon #D5500 #instagram #igram #igersoftheday #picoftheday

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City Lights is a Bayside Journal initiative to acknowledge a series of student photography projects over the next month. The series will depict Mumbai through the eyes of students. We hope these images will inspire you, make you feel nostalgic and encourage you to explore this beautiful city of yours.

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