in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes
it to disappear or to merge into something else." - E.M.
first I wasn't moved by India. In Africa, contact with people
and their emotions was simple and direct. In India, contact
was ruled by codes that seemed incomprehensible to me. With
everyone living for their next life, it was daunting to take
pictures of this life. I searched for a way to photograph
flesh and blood in a place where flesh and blood were not
really very important.
during my 5 weeks in Rajasthan in the summer of 2003, I stood
still long enough to see that the mystery I thought was surrounding
me, even smothering me, wasn't mysterious at all. It became
clear that Hinduism was an ornate response to the simplest
of human realities: we need shelter, food, love, family, and
faith. 33 million gods including monkeys, elephants, and stones,
serve to spread the burden of responsibility for both good
and bad events in everyday life.
mostly Hindu, Rajasthan still bears the imprint of the Muslim
culture that ruled India for centuries. I was surprised to
find that women cover their faces in public, seeing the world
through the gauze of their lurid scarves.