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Henk oochappan

Did you ever had that feeling that you went to a total strange place and you felt yourself straight away at home ? That place is called Tamil Nadu that I visited first in 1987 and from since I go back there every year.Learning the Tamil language a bit helped me to discover the essence of this beautiful culture. Returning to Tamil Nadu, even after visiting friends in the North, feels always like coming home.

In 1994 I met Ochappan, a poor Tamil tricycle-man. He inspired me to use the derived name oochappan to spot his world out looking over his shoulders. Enjoy Tamil Nadu, the colors for joy, what comes from there, goes back there, your reflections are most welcome.

What use is having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling (William Eugene Smith). For many travellers they don't exist but I do like to focus those unique moments of meeting common people, they are the core of a country and its culture, avoiding tourist shots ...

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  • Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India