A London-based newborn and family photographer, Sujata Setia had her picture taken with nearly everyone in her family: her mom, dad, […]
A London-based newborn and family photographer, Sujata Setia had her picture taken with nearly everyone in her family: her mom, dad, brother, even a stray cat her parents took in.
Flipping through the photo albums now, she can’t find a single photo with her grandparents.
“I think my parents never took enough pictures of me and my grandparents because you always believe your parents are invincible until the day they leave you,” Setia said.
“When they’re gone, there’s a sense of loss over the lack of photos,” she said. “You realize memories alone tend to become a fuzzy version of reality with time.”
Now, as a mother of a young daughter herself, Setia hates to think of the same thing happening to other families. With that in mind, she has spent the last year in her travels offering to take photos of grandparents (and great grandparents) with their grandkids as a gift to them.
The photos, captured in Setia’s natural-light, painting-like style, are pretty breathtaking.
“I literally walk on the street, in malls, in flights, in the train … anywhere I go, I am forever seeking older people and offering them a shoot with their family members as my gift,” she said. “Some of them sometimes think I’m this crazy lady and some agree.”
Setia doesn’t plan on ending her passion project any time soon; she gets too much joy out of it to do that.
“The messages I receive from people who have come across these images are both heartwarming and heartbreaking,” Setia said. “I hope that this project has inspired them to photograph their grandparents and great grand parents with their children before it’s too late.”