If I am able to see and recognize “Faces” around, it affirms that I have eyes. If I have eyes to see, brain to observe, mind to think, heart to feel, and ways to express, it only confirms that “I” exist. If I exist, I must be wearing a worldly identity. A worldly identity assures a worldly name in return. The world has a habit of validating the name with a “Face” and the “Face” with a name. I have a good news to share, I have both – a name and a face.
Let’s reverse the gaze and the direction of correlation and deduction. If the name and face exist in recognizable terms it surely confirms the existence of a certain identity which further could be attributed with eyes, brain, heart and all the sensory tools for enabling the communication channel with the world. But this reverse gaze has aberrations, it does not always guarantee to deconstruct the identity to the level of discovering sensory tools like eyes, brain etc. The name guarantees existence of an identity (real or abstract) but surely not a face, the face on the other hand guarantees both a name and an identity. Both do not guarantee to be necessarily equipped with sensory tools. Feelings could have names but not faces and certainly not sensory tools for themselves to manifest other aspects of expressions. An idol could possess both a name and a face but surely not the sensory tools.
The riddle is solved now. ‘Face’ is a visual manifestation of a certain existence and ‘Name’ is a lingual manifestation of the same. While human beings have been able to evolve to invent languages to infuse life into even abstract existence, the human evolution in terms of visual perception and expression has been relatively slower. It has consistently lacked the ability to at least perceive if not express the abstract realities, visually. It has failed to infuse a visual life in abstract existences by facilitating a face.
Life is not just a breathing game. A lifeless Shunya (zero) could be deconstructed into identities with positive and negative nature and the electric current be infused bearing the flag called life. So life in reality is nothing but interaction between identities which could be abstract or real or for that matter both. The abstract realities could be manifested through faces provided imaginative capabilities are exploited. Believe me, we too are as abstract if seen through a different frame of reference. God’s frame of reference. We are just a visual manifestation of God, we are ‘Faces’!
When I shot this picture, I was looking at the face called wisdom, crowded with the worldly claims to wisdom full with ego.
A Face called Shailendra!