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Françoise Dhulesia


An Indian odyssey

India captivates, her multi-facetted smiles enhancing the mystery of her incessant visual stimulations. Indian eyes and faces have always fascinated me, direct, ardent, candid, powerful, intimidating,  welcoming, kind, impressive: they  appeal to me with their piercing and scrutinizing gaze, they take hold of me, overwhelm  and subjugate me. I always give in to their charms.

Indian eyes and faces radiate through their colors and textures; they shine, like so many avatars of the same soul, sharing a common essence, Life, modern and dynamic.

Therefore, to photograph them is like undertaking an extraordinary odyssey, unlike any other. Whether out of the ordinary, fugitive, mysterious, untamable, divine, loving, Indian faces and their eyes are landmarks on the geography of my memory.

Here are a few moments when eyes meet, a selection of pictures among the abundance of gifts offered along my street encounters enriching my Indian chronicles. To me, India is home, loving, caring, family.

None of these portraits were posed. These photos were captured in Gujarat State between February 2017 and January 2020.

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