WINGS

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They were marred,
Plucked on,
Annihilated
And tied down.
But they stayed put;
Resilient as her soul.
For the flight was destined
Somewhere, many skies away.
And no world today could take away her
Wings.

SCATTERED THOUGHTS

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 My anxious mind couldn’t get out of bed. Inhale. Exhale. Time to declutter, I thought.

The thoughts spilled out, all at once. They fell to the floor like flowers dispersed by a light breeze. An overwhelming sight, these thoughts laid out raw with their infant buds and thorny stems.

I picked them up, one by one. Whether perfect or awry, each floret had a destiny to follow, a coherence attached to it, a place to end up in. Some were gently preserved in a vase by the window; some left out to dry between pages of over-read novel, each rationalized to fit beautifully in its fate.

They somehow don’t seem so daunting now do they?
 

Featuring: Ava by Urth Label | Concept & Words: Dhwani Kathotia | Photography: Chahat Kathotia

 

POSTCARDS OF SUMMER

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Overcome by pale waves, skin etched with tan lines, getting back into bed after breakfast, reading through mid-afternoon rains and chasing ice-cream trucks - here’s a set of postcards that encapsulate the sunny, sticky, happy mess that summer is.

For this project I took the roles of blogger, conceptualiser and photographer - the best of all worlds. I worked with Colorbar to create imagery by taking a trip down to the happy place in my mind, where summer vacations meant collecting little trinkets and postcards.

I’ve spent the year exploring myself creatively and learning a little every single day. The best way to quantify growth is to do work that makes you happy. Sure, I have new additions to my to-do list everyday but for now I’m smiling at where its all headed.

Photography: Chahat Kathotia & Dhwani Kathotia
Concept & Words: Dhwani Kathotia

DEAR SKY, SINCERELY SEA.

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Every day I watched - conversations between the sky and sea.  It wasn’t long before I turned into a regular spectator — perched on the balcony with my wandering lens against the same patch of sky and sea.

The sea whispered with a light crash of waves; it made the sky blush - some days in a deep pink, others in a feverish yellow. All along, the sky patiently stood by and watched the sea, through its chaos and calm. A love story in the making.

And I, with the passing sun and moon, continued to watch. Conversations between the sky and sea.

Photography & Words: Dhwani Kathotia
Shot in Uluwatu, Bali.

A CRYSTAL DREAM

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Whirling into,
A sea of dreams,
I hit pause.
For I will stay,
Stay a while
Buried in these crystal dreams.

If I had the task of finding a word to describe how the past year went by, I think I’d go with “discovery”. Discovery of a new self, discovering a foreign city or just a new light on that same old boundary wall, discovering new boundaries with work and simply re-discovering the (temporarily astray) passion to experiment.

I wouldn’t get around to preaching like a completely transformed self because I'm sure I’m not all the way there. But here's the thing about change, it makes its way to us - somewhere, somehow. So I sit here, dreaming in the little dizzy trap of change, looking forward. To the new and to what I can create this year.

As there’s a lot more to come, I leave this post open-ended. For now, my dreams and milky chai beckon..