I recently came back from a trip to India. I left the UK with the intent of photographing a culture entirely different from mine. Searching for a new challenge, I looked at India in the eyes, and I faced myself.
I tried to represent what were the emotions during the journey. I decided to do it my way, capturing my favourite subject: people. Stepping away from the landscapes or the incredible Indian colours and showing what for me was the real beauty of this country.
India is a big land of contrasts; sometimes it strokes you with love, other times it slaps you firmly. Halfway my travel, someone stole my camera and lenses.
Lost my kit, all I had was a fix 35mm lens camera. The loss didn't hold me back from the idea of making close portraits. Instead, the wider lens pushed me to approach every person I wanted to photograph and create a contact with them. This constraint increased my chances to get better photos and to touch different aspects of the culture.
Initially, I was aiming to capture the happiness of the people I met, but the truth is, it's impossible to photograph happiness not being happy yourself.
Afterwards, I realised that I tent to approach who I felt could be the right subject and, subconsciously, capturing faces that were reflecting myself and what I was feeling inside.
Fear and confidence, happiness and sadness, curiosity, tension, appreciation. Here they are, part of the faces of my India.