5:30am in Mumbai by Vikram Valluri

It was 5:30 am I was half awake not knowing what I was getting myself into. The previous evening Raj, a fishermen from Mumbai had told me about his adventures catching stingray and sharks with his buddies. My curiously led me to explore the journey he took with his friends. Before I realized I was sitting in a canoe at 5:30am waiting for the rest of his crew to join.

The morning was silent and filled with confusion. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much luck. The nets set out from the previous day were either lost, stolen or didn’t catch anything. Naturally, it was a shock that nets were lost. This was the first time, Raj mentioned that something like this has never happened before.

Oaxaca, Mexico by Vikram Valluri

In February this year, I attended a workshop with photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was an incredibly rewarding workshop and gave me a deeper appreciation for the complexity and attention to detail necessary to successfully produce and publish a body of work. This particular set include photos I shot in towns and markets around Central Oaxaca.

Lucha Libre by Vikram Valluri

Watching Mexican wrestling has on the top of my list awhile now. Unfortunately during my visit in Oaxaca the Lucha Libre tour was taking place in Mexico City.

A few days after I returned to the Bay Area, I saw a flyer for a Lucha Libre in San Jose. Naturally, I had to go and see what it was all about.

Everything was predetermined, from stunts to the winners. The storyline echoed the current political climate which was unexpected. One of the fighters wore a boarder patrol costume which stirred up the audience. I found this aspect of the event intriguing and quite entertaining.