This Man is travelling the world and exploring the dreams of people around the globe
From the streets of Pune to the skyscrapers of Singapore, Siddharth Joshi is just asking people this one question, ‘What’s your dream?’
34-year-old Siddhartha Joshi from Pune is a product designer by profession and a travel blogger and photographer by passion. He started a project called ‘Tell Me Your Dream’ in 2015. Since then, he has approached 365 people from all around the world and asked them the very same question.
Siddharth belongs to Uttarakhand, born in Bihar, now he lives in Pune. He has travelled the length and breadth of the country and this has made a major positive impact on his work and thinking. Talking about the things that travel has taught him, he says,
“I think because of travel I accept people exactly the way they are. We are all so unique and different, and to me, there is space for everyone in this world, all opinions, and all beliefs. Travel has also helped me also realize that the world is a very safe place, and people and deep inside their aspirations are remarkably similar, no matter where they come from” The only passions he lives for are Travelling & Photography. He clicks people and asks them their dreams.
When asked about the beginning of the project, ‘Tell Me your dream’, he says, ‘“My father always had a camera and that’s how I got my hands and heart into photography. With time I became a traveller and started using the camera as a mean to capture moments. Now, I am trying to use the camera as a tool for a far bigger objective – to bring people together to share dreams and fulfil some of these dreams by capturing picture stories. ‘Tell me your dream’ started with faces in the neighbourhood – the grocer, garment cleaners, garbage collectors etc. The pure innocence of their dreams is what caught my attention. As the pictures grew in number, the idea gained a lot of momentum on social media.” This encouraged him to travel more and capture more dreams of different people. This also ingrained in him a sense of responsibility towards these dreams. He is now collecting dreams with an NGO called ‘Chaitanya Mahila Mandal’. Siddhartha photographs unnoticed people. From faces in the red-light areas of Maharashtra, farmers in rural Uttar Pradesh to Singapore where his work takes him, he is bringing dreams from all over the world. These people were clicked by Siddhartha and were asked about their dreams.
He is constantly on the lookout for more organizations to work with, especially to take their stories to the world, generate awareness and help them raise funds.
Experiences on the go:
Meeting people from different walks of life is indeed interesting, ‘I once met a boy who was collecting garbage and asked him what his dream was, he wanted to be a doctor!’ says Siddhartha. These dreams can be heartbreaking and empower at the same time. Talking about more such interesting encounters he tells me about an old woman in Goa who has left a lasting impression on his mind. “She was living in an old house and her entire life revolved around protecting it.” But not all experiences have been pleasant. Not everyone you would like to photograph and talk to will oblige. “Rejection can be discouraging and after every such encounter I am a little apprehensive to approach the next person,” he says.
He is greatly inspired by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and says “I think the work he is doing is commendable and if someone I would love to associate myself with him. I also think HelpAge India is doing an excellent job, they are also extremely supportive of my work and the project on Instagram”. “Their dreams are so simple, yet so ambitious and they always make me smile, yet break my heart. Many of them have simple dreams and considering their current status, they still look impossible,” says Siddhartha. He only hopes that his pictures and ‘Tell Me your dream’ project brings these aspirations to the forefront and connects them with the right people.“I want to act as a facilitator between these dreams and the people who can fulfill them,” he concludes. Everyone has the right to dream and we wish Siddhartha all the best for the future of such a noble project.