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Henk oochappan

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. oochappan 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 ... more photos on
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South-India, a life-long journey (click this link)

Published November 13th, 2013

More then 25 years I hibernate in South-India. In time I wondered what makes me go back, again and again, and how could I translate this through photography. At first you stumble on most amazing scenes but soon you notice that the simple life found on the countryside reflects the true nature of the majority of Indians, still free from outside influence. Nothing is perfect here, what a relief from Western perfectionism, what we got in our pocket, they still got it in their hearts what makes meeting them always a thrill, often shooting in conspiracy, sharing the fun of photography.

Mainly I return every year to Madurai with it's surroundings as I noticed the authentic Dravidian culture is so strongly present here. And why I go always to Tamil Nadu ? Like neighbor states say, Tamil Nadu is the land of the eternal youth, the true smile in their eyes at any age keeps them young from heart.


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