So enigmatic - I love the image of the woman in the classical south indian dance costume absorbed in some correspondence or document with the (symbolic?) opening of a cave behind... Very Jungian.What is it about such still images that arouses something primeval in us?
This lady requested me to take her picture against a monument. I told her I was no good for taking the kind of pictures she had in mind: I could not take monuments or people in front of buildings, people together, or in full length. But she kept on persisting, and finally tricked me by bringing a Government of India geological survey license to allow me to take the photographs. She scared me by saying that it would expire unless I took the pictures on that very day. Most reluctantly I went grumbling throughout the 45 km. route; and took some 90-100 pictures. By another trick, she took away almost all of the negatives. I am trying to retrieve the few prints which remained with me for my exhibition, or brochures which she got published abroad, and put them on the blog.I had done a lot of shouting, because this was not my subject, nor where I felt competent, all of which made me work hard, which brought an astonishing result. The picture was not spontaneous; it was composed with a very deliberate plan and execution. This is perhaps a drawback in me, that more or less all my pictures are planned, and take a lot of time.I’m delighted that you noticed the picture and liked it.
Though planned, the picture has a strong feel of spontaneity - almost like a grab shot you can get during a planned shoot.Enigmatic sums it up well. From what you say the mysteriousness is not restricted to the photo but extends to the subject also.
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