Image: Blanche Gauri
Hanuman Ji, a peaceful man.
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Leprosy. A horrific disease. This first image shows some of its impact: The photographer had passed this man many times but was always too afraid to speak to him. Once she did, she discovered he was very peaceful, living at home with his children. She asked to take his picture and he moved into the pose you see above. His answer as to the reason why: “He said he meant ‘I recognize the god in you and I accept whatever god sends me’.”
The image is the very soul of a good man trapped with a debilitating disease, often shunned for his looks or because of fear. Yet, the image is beautiful when you look into the man’s eyes, at his humility, and beauty as the only place where it counts, inside.