Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Two Students + Teacher + Photographer, Rajasthan, India, Spring of 2015


One month after Cuba and four months to India this image comes to mind, taken from a video made earlier this year. The scene happens to be the room in which our classes are held. The young girl closest to me is the teacher's daughter, and the other lives across the path from this room.

They offered previously to paint my arm and this was the moment it happened. We were finished with the photography, and I put the small camera down to record their art. Every single second was cherished, and their features studied as they placed their creativity onto my skin.

In portraiture there is a physical distance between photographer and subject, the complete opposite of the moment in this image. This is our chance to exchange laughs, to put aside the societal norms and just enjoy each other in the purest sense of the verb.

I will see these two exquisite spirits in less than four months, and hope to be painted once again! Now this school is under the leadership of my dear friend Nirvana Bodhisattva and his good team at Nirvanavan Foundation.

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PS The wonderful woman to the left in the image is the teacher!

Note: This image is a still from the short video made with a Sony RX100M2.