I’ve been struggling to find the right words to describe my week in India. I couldn’t even bring myself to edit the photos because of how powerful of an effect the experiences I shot had on me. The people I met, the raw, real, and overwhelming scenes I saw will stay with me for the rest of my life. This trip opened up my perspective like nowhere I’ve ever been before. The project that will emerge from this will be my best and some of my most passionate work to date. India has inspired me to pursue a different direction within photography, and has sparked new ideas, goals, and more philanthropic focused work moving forward. This image was captured in a slum in the outskirts of Varanasi. The feeling I had when capturing this raw moment still gives me chills. I’ve always been inspired by the works of many National Geographic photojournalists, and for the first time it felt as if I had stepped into their world and fully immersed myself within it. No guides, no touristy spots, just me, @karljquist, positive energy and our camera gear. I’m looking forward to sharing more moments from this trip.