Joyel Pious is a photographer, bilingual editor and writer from Kerala in India. At present, he is working as a chief sub-editor with The New Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi and also as the news editor of Ekalokam Trust for Photography (EtP), a south India-based non-profit engaged in the field of visual arts

Hailing from a family with generations of farmers, I have always been fascinated by nature and its wonderful inhabitants. Often, I swim deep within myself to visit the earliest memories that appear to me as a canvas full of dragonflies, rain-soaked grasslands and ponds with fish. Over the years, I developed an insatiable urge towards understanding the complex relationship of humans with themselves and with the Nature. My father was fond of herding cows and goats while he was young, though he did several odd jobs later. Eventually, I moved to cities in search of a better livelihood, but many of those memories remain green till date. Idayaputhran is the Malayalam-language equivalent for 'shepherd's son'.