As I grew older, I became more and more aware of my flaws, and this sense of feeling flawed in certain aspects of my life made me feel weak and fragile. It made me too afraid to be vulnerable. All my life, my friends have confessed their deepest struggles with me, but no matter what was going on in my life—no matter my struggles, or mistakes, I never called my friends for help. I wanted to be self-sufficient. I thought that made me strong. For the longest time, I thought that avoiding vulnerability was a strength. It’s not. It takes a lot more strength to make yourself vulnerable than it does to keep the walls up. The vulnerability occurs when you merge with your authentic self instead of hiding. It is a sign of strength, not weakness. This project is an attempt to embrace it. In these pictures, I see the reflection of my vulnerabilities in the world that surrounds me. There's a fragment of me in every piece.
Janvi Bhardwaj is an independent self-taught photographer based in Punjab. She started photography in 2019, as an escape from her professional career choices. Through photography, she tried to magnify mundane moments, that on closer inspection reflect her emotional and mental state. She feels like the work she creates is created in an effort to unearth herself.