Matthew Crompton, India: Sea of Faces (Portrait)

2015. On my third trip to India, to this place that has so educated and reduced and changed me, I am plunged again into the sea of faces. Immersed, immured in this sea of faces—dozens, a crowd, as there is always a crowd everywhere in India—but so wild with the symphony of powerful and conflicting human emotions that it arrests my attention completely, tears at the center of me, that I wonder at the meaning of myself at all. Seeing here, truly seeing, is discovering. Self, Other, World -- it is a place more immediate than speech, and as human as being human gets. It seethes, it breathes: it lives.