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

#lohriforher

January 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

Today is Lohri, a Punjabi celebration. Lighting a fire and waving phallic vegetables around it; forget what Wikipedia tells you about it being a celebration of winter solstice. Lohri is a time to celebrate your sons. Having a son is probably the greatest achievement in the wider Indian culture; if you manage it, you’ve basically succeeded in life. This brilliantly ludicrous attitude has caused the lowest ratio of females to males in India since records began.

Well, screw you, Lohri. We’re turning you on your head. We’re celebrating Lohri for my beautiful niece, Siyaan. She deserves to be celebrated just as much as any other child. For how can we expect our girls to prosper if we stunt their growth from the beginning?

We’re celebrating life. Real, meaningful life, not just how many sons you have.  We’re celebrating Indian men and women making their mark on careers, travel, family, friends, hobbies, food, art.

Happy Lohri! Join us and celebrate Lohri for your daughters as well as sons.

#lohriforher

Gurdain

June 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Portraits

May 29, 2013 § 1 Comment

Some portraits I took in Rajasthan, India in January.

026 Part of 'Turbanism'; Turban Maker, Jaipur, Rajasthan

007 Part of 'Turbanism'; Turban dyer, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

024 Part of 'Turbanism'; Shakeel Ji, Turban Maker

025 Part of 'Turbanism'; Turban Dyer, Udaipur, Rajasthan

028 Part of 'Turbanism'; Member of Marching Band, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Naniji 5

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Naniji 3

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

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My Nani looking out over Kenya, the country she lived in until she emigrated to England in 1975.

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Eyes filled with tears moments after we arrived at Kericho Gurdwara, a Sikh temple which she holds very dear.

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Doing laps of the langar food hall while her friends keep count.

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