Gaze inward, gaze outward

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Apr 06 2014


Category: Asia, India


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A small girl caught gazing inward.
The expression on her face shows a mental process taking place, an activity of the brain. Within the same minute that this photo was taken, I took a second one which is shown below. To be precise: both photos were taken at 16:35, on 19 April 2013 in Bilaspur, India.

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It is interesting to compare the two pictures. We notice that the girl’s inward gaze suddenly has changed into an outward one. She’s still sucking the same stalk of grass, but now all her attention is directed towards something that’s happening in the external world, within her field of vision.

We look in these two pictures at a small child, portrayed at two quickly successive moments in her early life. And we see a beautiful unity of body and mind at work in a process of alternating contemplation and observation that probably will slow down a bit over the years but basically remains the same till the end of her days. This is what we call life.

Photos of the week: Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, India 2013

2 comments on “Gaze inward, gaze outward”

  1. Beautiful!! And interesting reflections as usual


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