When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up? A doctor? A rock star? A surgeon? A spaceman? Whatever it was, the reality for the most of us is that the jobs we’ve ended up doing are far from the fantastical professions we imagined for ourselves as kids.
Inspired by this idea, Mumbai-based student Deeksha Rathore embarked upon a project called “Dreamcatcher,” a photo series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between people’s current careers and their childhood dream jobs. “One seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that’s alright,” she wrote on Instagram. “So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children.” The series is part of a project for Rathore’s photography class, and as you can see from the pictures below, it’s remarkably simple, yet also incredibly thought-provoking.
The last question that needs answering is: are You doing what you always wanted?
#1 The House Help Vs. The Bharatanatyam Dancer
#2 The Mithai Maker Vs. The Fashion Designer
#3 The Air Hostess Vs. The Dj
#4 The Jeweller Vs. The Air Hostess
#5 The Mochi Vs. The Policeman
#6 The Bartender Vs. The Corporate Employee
#7 The Doctor Vs. The Cricketer
#8 The Salesman Vs. The Professional Carrom Player
#9 The Paan Seller Vs. The Security Guard
#10 The Juice Wala Vs. The Army Officer
#11 The Rickshaw Driver Vs. The Artist
#12 The Vegetable Seller Vs. The Cook
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