times at the end of yoga we say the phrase, “The light in me honors the light
in you” to recognize the beauty within others. This quote makes me think of
the streets of Rishikesh, Shay and I found ourselves in a novel circumstance:
Indian people everywhere were stopping us and asking to take our picture.
Skittish as first, we were quick to oblige.
afternoon, we contemplated these interactions over chai.
a photo is a way of telling another person that we think their light is
beautiful or foreign, or both. The act of taking a photo is a way to capture
another’s presence and give context to a moment so that we may relive it later
on. Nostalgia. We save our images - on cameras, in boxes, on walls - to give
our experiences reality and concreteness and to light our life with the
presents of a colorful past.
have asked many people to take their photos - a herbal medicine shop owner, a
bone thin beggar, a woman in a sari, a snake charmer.
light inside and out paints the faces we will frame to remember our experience