It’s not the iconic Taj Mahal or the busy streets of Mumbai but this photo of a girl staring directly at me—this is probably my favorite photo from India when I went there the first time in 2011. It was the intensity of those eyes, a part of that fleeting moment, never again to emerge from the colorful covers that beautifully contrasted the dull colors of dirt and dust.
It was my first time in an ashram. I was too excited that I randomly took photos of the people, the animals and the day-to-day activities of those who call this sacred place their home. At the same time, I was cautious not to offend those who didn’t want their photos taken so I ended up with more photos of cows than people. I was really surprised that I was able to capture this one (no cropping was done on this); I intended to just take a snap of the colorful sarees of women passing by and didn’t expect that this young lady was observing me behind her green covers. Sometimes, the one behind the lens becomes the subject.
Check out my post about my experience in an ashram in Mathura.
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