Rational Mediators


As part of Photojournalism, our author here has a beautiful photo story on portraits of Varanasi as rational mediators.

“Where actions and words fail to speak, eyes become the mediators of emotion ”

Eyes unlike any other aspects of a portrait are the frozen path that connects reality and fiction. The stories that the eyes convey are much clearer and transparent than a simple expression. Even you can fake expression but you can’t fake the feelings from your eyes. Eyes simply complete the expression. The expression is just a side actor. It supports the hero but deep down you have a feeling that it’s not genuine. Eyes, on the other hand, has a lead role that mesmerizes the audience with natural acting.

Varanasi: “The Confused Numb Face”

Eyes are the gateway to reality. What you perceive depends upon how you see. There are lots of myths revolving around the mystery of eyes. The base expression in every face is the same when it comes to a holy place like Varanasi: The “Confused Numb Face”. Every emotion can be enclosed under this expression. Every devotee who travels to the pilgrimage has this expression. These peoples are confused about life or certain aspects of life. It is evident that every eye seeks answers.

An eye that contains the whole world: It is true that everything you seek and everything you receive are recorded in the eye
Entire Varanasi In A Glance: The stare is one expression that leaves an artists mind with millions of question
The Piercing Look: His face and the expression pierced through the camera
The Emotional By Passer: When an expression is powerful enough to melt an artist
The Old Angry Civilian: Staring directly in to the camera with eyes heated with fire
Hidden But Revealed: Revealed face narrates more story when other parts are hidden
Cover what is less important: When full concentration is on eyes the subject can’t hide anything from photographer

Rahul Rao, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Rahul Rao. Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.


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