In February 2013 while I was working on a project in Hyderabad in India, I came across a small child living on wasteland in extremely poor conditions.
Having been really moved by her circumstances, I planned to go back and find her and at the very least try to get her into a school. Unfortunately the authorities had started to carry out construction work and the families living there had been moved on. With the help of my friends in the city and lots of ground work and investigations, I managed to find her living at a similar site a kilometre or so north.
This is my portrait of Sukaniya, daughter of Laxmi and child of a Scheduled Tribe. Nobody knows her exact age. She was born around 2008.
(thanks Tom Holloway and Ghouse and thank you Arjun Bagga for inspirational words)