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The feet of India

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”. – Khalil Gibran 

For some reason, when I was in India I became rather obsessed with photographing feet. Feet were everywhere and on full display. Perhaps it was the insanely high temperatures that scorched the skin like fire that lead so many to simply remove their shoes. Or else the Indian custom of removing ones shoes before entering a building or a temple, which unveiled so many glorious, diverse bare feet. Whatever the reason, I became mesmerized by all the variations of beautiful feet I saw in one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

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Here are my feet sweltering on the burning carpets leading to a temple. It was 120 degrees out and the pain to walk barefoot on this rug was real. Yet I had to take a photo to remember how it felt.

For me, feet are mysterious and similar to a puzzle. Feet offer a small yet insightful look into the personality and individuality of a stranger yet continually stirs the imagination to keep wandering who that person really is. A pure mystery that bewitches us.

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”. – William Butler Yeats 
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“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads”. – Henry David Thoreau  

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“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts”. – Oliver Wendell Holmes 

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P1020517-1“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground”. – Theodore Roosevelt 

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Oh the feet of the future are so beautiful and full of hope.

22 comments

    • Thanks Lucy! I wish I had more time there to take pictures. It was such a short trip only five days in country and packed with meetings. No wonder it took me so long to adjust to jet lag. I am finally feeling normal again. A little too much travel the past six weeks!

  1. Oh, the agony of walking bare foot to the temple! it never gets as hot here, thank goodness, but we never have carpet. Sand, if we’re lucky, rock if not … I look at feet (and hands!), but rarely shoot them – this is super Nicole, especially the woman in white. 🙂

    • Thanks! Yes it was so insanely hot there and the barefoot walking was the tipping point. My feet just burned so bad. I have never been in such heat before. I’ve been in Arizona in the summer but it just didn’t feel as bad as India.

  2. YIKES! I can relate your experience walking on the mat to walking barefoot on our black sand beach. It really is agonizing. I love your perspective of feet! The painted feet are gorgeous. Imagine the time it takes to do that. I wonder how long the paint lasts before they have to be repainted.

    • Thanks! It was so hot there that the poor feet burned against the stone but I view of all the bare feet. I love to go barefooted in the summertime!

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