For the months of January through April 2011, I lived in the rural northeast of India. I worked at the non-profit Pushp Niketan School, located in the Dhampur Sugar Mills in Uttar Pradesh. I taught art and photography classes to elementary and middle school children. More than anything else, I was an observer. The images trace my travels in the region, from small surrounding villages in Uttar Pradesh to the deserts of Rajasthan. The people, animals and landscapes that make up these images are captured with unanswered feelings of fascination and disillusionment, comprising a culture inundated with contradiction.