Bio: B.1990, India. Vinod Babu is an Environmental Engineer turned photographer. He presently is working on documentary projects in his state and on two upcoming books.
About Refugees in Homeland': This is the first documentary project I have done moving from my traditional street photography. I always feel the story should come to you rather than we trying hard to find one and pressurize ourselves. It was summer and all newspapers of my state were reporting about the water crisis, I then wanted to see how my state is in this crisis which led to a bike journey through my state for a couple of months. While coming to home after completion of that, my mother called me and asked me to attend a village which has been protesting against the government for taking away their land for building a reservoir. I couldn't go then but later I visited with a team to the village and made pictures of their protest. I soon became friends with the local leader and they added me to their WhatsApp group from which I learn't about a village which has been forcibly evacuated so as to fill another reservoir. So these 3 projects together constitute my work, 'Refugees in Homeland'.
It's actually about how the water crisis has led to building dams which in turn displaced people, making them Refugees in their own Homeland.
PHOTO: A boy stands in front of his house, which he had to leave behind because of the reservoir.
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