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Photo series commisioned by Smile Train India for their Annual Exhibition 2024 in New Delhi.

“In celebration of National Cleft Day 2024, I wanted to capture a series of intimate portraits for Smile Train. When I say "intimate," I mean that the individuals I am photographing are sharing parts of themselves with me— an honour and responsibility I take seriously. They entrust me with their pain, joy, hopes, emotions, and aspirations. My goal was to encapsulate as much of this as possible. I wanted these portraits to be raw—where raw signifies real, and real far surpasses perfection. Beauty takes on diverse forms, and true beauty lies in authenticity. That's the essence I aimed to capture— a portrait that not only exudes beauty but resonates with genuine soul.”
- Komal

ABOUT SMILE TRAIN: Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused NGO that empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.