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0713 Modern woman

Modern woman, Sydney, June 29, 2012

8789 Paharganj - Delhi

Banana seller, Parharganj, New Delhi, May 5, 2010

1819 Greyscale Floating markets

Damnoen Saduak market, Bangkok, July 8, 2009

2713 Ferry to Naxos

Ferry to Naxos, September 22, 2013

4175 Elephant dude 2

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand, July 14, 2009

2252 Temple drummer

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali, March 20, 2009

2771 Mussoorie

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India, April 8, 2010 – “Charlton Heston”

 

Most of the portraits I take are of people with their eyes elsewhere. Reluctant to intrude or make them feel self-conscious, I try to catch them when they are looking away. Sometimes they are already pre-occupied and make attractive subjects because of their contemplative mood, other times something might have just caught their eye and they are conveniently distracted.

This selection of portraits may have a wide distribution geographically and socio-economically, but all the subjects have one thing in common – their very personal subjectivity. Who can even begin to imagine what thoughts they are thinking? We may attribute some mundane generalities based on context, but whether their minds are on the metaphysical or the sublunary, whether they are in the here and now, or else, in some daydreaming fantasy, only they can know. As wondrous a talent as human empathy might be, we suffer from the flaw of projection wherein our own responses shape our imaginings of the thoughts of others. We are prisoners of our own minds; of the limitations of having only ever been one person.

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