Photo by @amivitale. A Kashmiri paddles to the floating market in the early freezing temperatures before sunrise on Dal Lake in Srinagar, India. Back in 2001, I wandered into the poetry of this place and couldn't let go. It's sublime and has been described as Paradise on Earth since the 15th century. It is also described in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most militarized place on the planet and the longest pending conflict in the world. My work documents narrative and photographic portrayals of the people whose lives have been shaped and changed by the conflict. These pictures and stories aim to express the resilience of the people of the valley of Kashmir, how an old culture survived a war, and what has changed as a younger, globalized generation has embraced modern education and technologies to communicate their stories and make life choices. Follow me (@amivitale) for more stories from around the world.
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