Expressions III

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When people have no idea they are being photographed – their expressions are so genuine and reflective of their thoughts. The idea is obviously not to stalk people here – but capture those with interesting expressions.

In my third post I’ve tried to catch expressions of people who were at work. I try to give you the story and situation in which I took the picture as much as I remember. Concentration, focus and sometimes a bit of self-consciousness and inhibitions are mirrored here.

This lady – a palm reader (note the long stick and the cowrie shells nearby) did not even bat an eyelid when I took her picture. Instead she stared at me rather defiantly, almost goading me to click the picture. I wonder what she thought of my future then!

Sweet biz – rather sour!

This forlorn vendor, selling sweets, had a faraway look in his eyes as he waited for customers to help him make his livelihood. Standing right in between the ‘knotted’ fishing nets and the free spirited waves – he seems to figuratively observe his own life.

Where are my parents?

This child, temporarily separated from his parents, was currently involved in the job of searching for them. The look in his eyes – the angst and the thumb-sucking pose to boost his courage is what drew me to click this one.

Weaving a better future..

Staying on the topic of children, this girl intensely observing her grandfather’s concentration at the loom, knew exactly what her role as assistant was. She was silent, read his every need and continuously kept rhythm with the clacking of the loom.

Sculpting and Pottery

Once he was done with his session at the potter’s wheel, this worker in his clay-splattered clothes, sat down to make dies of different patterns to emboss on his pots. He was oblivious to the crowd around him, as we lapped up his instant spontaneity in designs.

Smiling basket weaver

The Smiling basket weaver, was all coy and smiles when she saw me looking at her through my lens. Her pleasant expression became rather unpleasant – when she realized I was not going to purchase her newly woven  baskets!

The Kilijosiyar (Kili = parrot + Josiyar = astrologer)

This kilijosiyar had just set up shop – can you spot the parrots in the cage? On request, he would ask the parrots to pick up a card for you from his stack, and proceed to interpret your future based on the picture that the parrot chose.


Immersed in his book, the fortune teller seems to have decided to ignore the future, the parrots and the girl taking his photo!



4 thoughts on “Expressions III

    Sukanya Ramanujan said:
    May 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Dakshinchitra? Nice photographs

    golappan said:
    May 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Love black & white images….tells the story effectively rather than the colored ones.

    Mathangi Jeypal responded:
    May 16, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I agree totally. B & W are a world of their own

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