Fireflies is based on my childhood memories. One night, I remembered a glimpse of a memory. It was a visual which was dark, shiny, colourful and unclear, about watching fireflies in front of our old house. I became interested in that & I thought of going closer to the memory. The question was how.

The same night I read a poem about fireflies written by ‘Robert Frost’. It was so small & beautifully written that I was moved by it. It gave me an idea about how night gives a different life to the characters, what do they represent & how personal they can be to someone.

‘Fireflies in the Garden’ by Robert Frost
Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating flies,
That though they never equal stars in size,
(And they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start.
Only, of course, they can’t sustain the part.

About the Artist
Anupam Diwan is a photographer based in Pune, India. His works are based on people, past, memories, feelings and nature. He first started practicing photography in Mumbai and for two years he worked as a freelance photographer.

His work Fireflies has been featured on Invisible Photographer Asia and Fisheye Magazine. In 2017 he was shortlisted for Lucie Foundation’s Emerging Photographer Scholarship for his work Laxmi & Gargi.

Diwan is a practicing documentary photographer and is working on projects based in Nepal and India.

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