People of Kerala, India: Photo essay
shared by Veronika Tomanová
Every face tells a story – from innocence to wisdom, from anger to joy, and everything else in-between. All the love, but also all the pain we experienced is captured. It´s shaping our view of the world, and part of that is being imprinted in our face. If you look carefully, you can read some of it all from the other person’s eyes.
Taking photographs of people have the power to capture the moment of people’s lives. The way we feel in a particular moment, that is never coming back again. A photograph can capture so much more than words could.
Let me take you with me on a journey to Kerala, India. I witnessed how people live, how they work and what is particular for their society. These are 25 most thriling encounters from my trip:
01 | Village life
River is very important in the life of villagers in in Kumarakom. You will spot kids having their bath there and women doing their laundry.
Tilaka, ritual mark on the forehead, is applied during the welcoming ceremony as a sign of blessing. It’s applied between the eyebrows – this spot is considered the seat of latent wisdom and mental concentration, and is very important for worship.
03| Like at home
There is no better occasion to experience a way of life in a country better than staying at the local host. I spend two days at Pranavam Homestay , this picture shows Rema, my housemaster. She was little shy, I loved to watch her prepare the food. Once she prepared a lunch when all ingredients were prepared on banana leaf!
04| Wrapped up
The first statues to depict sari-wearing women date back to 100 BC. This traditional dress worn by women in India, consisting of a single piece of fabric up to 8 meters long, is one of the oldest known items of clothing that is still in use
05 | Energetic dancer
It’s really interesting to watch the performances in Kerala. The dresses are always very colorful, the performer usually dances to the sounds of drums. This one put all his energy into it! I watched this show at Vythiri Village.
06 | Selfie time
People in Kerala (and many other parts of India), love to take selfies with the foreigners. It happened nearly every day, that I was approached by locals and asked for a selfie. This one was taken at the beach in Kovalam.
07 | Ayurveda
For thousands of years, people in India have turned to the holistic, traditional system of Ayurveda for healing and relaxation. If you come to India to experience it, this is how your treatment rooms will look like.
08 | Traditional masks
This picture captures my first encounter with actors of Kathakali, traditional Indian dance drama. It was one of my first days in Kerala and this really caught my attention. I did not fidn the courrage to talk to the dancers, so I kept observing.
09| The red eyes
The make up fo Kathakali is very elaborate, it can take up to 3 hours to put it and has severals tages. The subtsances are all supposed to be made from herbs and natural resourses, yet, I noticed this actor’s eyes must have be really disturbed and possibly painful.
10| “Hi! What’s your name?”
How couldn’t I include this picture? Suddenly surrounded by cute school kids, I had to chance to keep shotoshooping:)
This picture was taken at Uravu, NGo that is helping women in the countryside to find a work. Inside this workshop, various items for decoration or daily needs are being produced (yoga mats, furniture, etc).
12| A welcome dance
Dancing few times separately, and then also together, these two women performed a welcome dance. After the performance, I asked for my photograph. Othersie being very shy, they made a pose and let me to take this shot.
13| Temple festival I.