Travellist

April 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’ve been terrible at blogging lately- luckily it’s because I’ve been working on a lot of new and exciting things!

I started another blog during a five month stint in Asia last Winter – http://www.travellisttheworld.wordpress.com . Backpacking is a unique situation- sharing dorm rooms with strangers, exploring together and building memories in an environment free of responsibility and stress lends itself to creating intense bonds with people of all lifestyles. I asked each of my subjects to write me a list of their choice. Because of the freedom given to us by our environment, my subjects felt able to share with me lists that might not ordinarily be shared between strangers.

 

Ten Reasons for Life Without Heroin

Amritsar, India

 

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1. My relationship with my mum

2. Freedom

3. I’m able to save money

4. Respect

5. I can socialise without having to be high

6. More free time

7. Hope

8. I don’t live in fear

9. I’m able to help others

10. Friends

 

Ten Reasons I Don’t Want to Go Home

Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

 

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1. I love travelling

2. The cultural side

3. I have hardly any friends living at home anymore

4. Bogans

5. How expensive it is

6. Politics

7. Language

8. Dirty drugs

9. Ex

10. So far away from my friends in St Ives

 

I’m hoping to keep the project going and publish it in book or magazine format, so please check back for updates.

Toxification

April 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m working on a documentary called Toxification, in collaboration with filmmaker friend Leva Kwestany and producer J.U. Rhodian. It’s our first time working together, and my first overseas film. We filmed for three weeks, and I’ve never felt more in my element.

India’s prosperous Green Revolution was led by Punjab, a state in northern India famous for its lush rice fields and wet, fertile soil. But as farmers are conned into buying more and more pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers that they don’t need, which demand often ten times more water, the water table is sinking at an alarming rate. Punjab’s water has been poisoned by the chemicals, and the famers poison their bodies with opium, helping them to work longer and harder. Loans from a middleman are taken out, with extortionate interest rates that are impossible to pay back. As a result, hundreds of Punjabi families are left without a father, husband or son as more and more farmers cave in under the pressure and drink their own chemicals to end their lives.

 

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I took some portraits, too:

 

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see more at http://www.rehmatrayatt.com/toxification

Tokyo

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

A few snapshots of Tokyo, my first visit to Eastern Asia.

Riding the Chuo ‘Suicide’ train line.

Half-way up mount Fuji.

The bizarre swan trip over Lake Kawaguchiko.

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