From a text by Colin Pantall (first published in the BJP, Oct 2013)
Life is good for 25-year-old Belgian photographer Max Pinckers, who was singled out as one of ‘The Ones To Watch' in our January edition. His first book, The Fourth Wall, sold out its first edition of 1000 self-published copies, won the City of Levallois Photography Award and was nominated for the Photobook of the Year Award by Martin Parr at the Kassel Fotobookfestival.
Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty focuses on honour-based violence in India; in particular, the attacks on women and men who fall in love, or have a relationship against their family’s will. One organisation fighting this violence is the Love Commandos, a voluntary group that originally formed to protect couples who celebrate Valentine’s Day from attack by extremists.
“I had heard of the Love Commandos and approached them to make a story. They are a small team of five guys based in Delhi that provide assistance to couples who are in love but face family opposition – mainly due to caste or religion. In India most people still have arranged marriages, but young people do fall in love and run away together. The main function of the Love Commandos is to allow people to do this in safety and in accordance with Indian law. Part of their mission is to prevent honour killings from happening. They take in young couples and provide protection, and sometimes they send in people to rescue couples who are at risk. There are eight shelters in New Delhi and one in Mumbai, and they have 50,000 volunteers, many of whom have been helped by the Love Commandos themselves.”
It is a real story featuring people who are in danger of violence or murder. But instead of emphasising the record element of the story, Pinckers pulled in a fictional direction using a visual language that borrows from Hindi cinema (Bollywood) and its depiction of relationships and love.
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