“Kalacharam” (Culture in the south Indian language Tamil)
The Bindi Collection and Morning Poetry
by Julie Williams-Krishnan
Julie Williams-Krishnan’s images are all shot in the Chennai, South India family home, where Tamil is spoken, Brahmin traditions are observed, cooking is elaborate, and prayer is plentiful. Photography is her way of translating her understanding of a place that is her home.
In Hindu tradition, the third eye is referred to as the “the eye of knowledge,” the seat of the “teacher inside” represented with a dot or mark on the forehead called a bindi. This “third or the inner eye” symbolizes a state of enlightenment having personal, spiritual or psychological significance. People who have allegedly developed the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers.
Morning Poetry was photographed one morning in and around the family home. As prayers were being said, and food was being prepared, Williams-Krishnan breathed in the morning, with all its blessings, and wondered the house responding to the call of the day.