I’m also noticing her ring. Is that a wedding ring. Is her former husband gone or deceased? Has she wanted to wear the ring to keep the memory alive, and so moved the ring from her left hand to her right?
Ah, the white scarf, the silk look and overjoyed look is polished. The woman seems to be tense, but don’t know what’s stopping her. I would love it if you checked out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.
Love this. Feels like it harks back to your earlier posts from before street style photography was so massive. Beautiful detail of where her scarf is gathered below her neck – it looks so light and translucent. x
A very elegant lady. I love the multiple kayers of fabric emerging from the knot. Headscarves, in many colours and pattterns were a class and ageless essential in Yorkshire when I was a child. My teenage daughter has just discovered them. And their usefulness when using a camera with long hair.
thanks for re-posting this beautiful image; she reminds me of one of my grandmothers
i can’t figure out her expression though, it’s like she’s thinking ..I’ve been through so much and i’ve done a lot, but I’m content, it couldn’t have been any other way
Or maybe not.
In my country, Argentina, the white scarf means so much more than a stylish way of dressing your head. They are named “abuelas de plaza de mayo”. During military repression in the 70′s people just vanished from the earth, and fear was all over. Mothers of the “disappeared” started gathering in front of the state building (playa de mayo) with a scarf on their heads. A symbolism that has travelled the world meaning peace and love, justice and remembering. Just smth to add, smtimes small details mean so much.
What a perfect Thanksgiving image. She really has a beautiful, serene face. I love the white scarf and the simple gold band on her hand. I wonder if it is her wedding band. I think it MUST be, even if it is on the right. I also love that she wears no make up.
I see this is too subtle for some critics… It’s all about that scarf – I’d invite everyone to have a go at tying a white scarf on their head and having it end up looking so exquisite – see the perfectly aligned layers floating away from each other? The twists that shape the scarf before it’s tied off. This is a professional here!
It looks like a great personality and strong character, and this is the main point.
Fashionwise, however, I would suggest a vanishing grey colour for the scarf.
I would suggest her to keep no make up but leave her hair white, not colour it, she would soften the whole image and get a more poetic aspect.
Dear Scott, I recall this shot, maybe a year ago; but this time I’ve looked closer. One of the great things about producing couture garments is the endless interest and inspiration one can find in the clothing of just about anyone…fabric, cut, fit, etc, etc. This woman has been working this scarf style for some time, hasn’t she? It looks like a large chiffon/georgette scarf that’s been folded over several times, placed on the head just so and rope twisted firmly before the actual tie at the chin to produce, well, a flower for her otherwise unadorned face. Masterful! Your subject has really made an art of her scarf and I bet there are more than a few designers across the world who have this woman bookmarked in their laptops and sketch books.
Thanks and regards, B
I’ve seen this one before and it is still one of my favorite ones. The woman is simple, chic, and definitely female even though she is older. I am not a fan of ambiguous genders. If it is “too close to call” I lose interest quickly. I like interesting-looking people who have committed to a specific gender.
This was truly a lovely photograph of sweet dear woman with an expression of to me, great warmth and sweetness. Oh no not the sarcharine kind. The sweetness that comes from a strong moral yet gentle woman.
I too think the billowy (chiffon?) scarf complements the plain black dress. The gold ring gives her a touch of elegance.
I wonder what the meaning of that jewelry on her finger is.
Thank you for those who mentioned information about the meaning of the white scarf in Argentina. Very interesting indeed. I suppose that this lovely lady is not part of that as she is from Milan, but still something to think about. We forget that clothing can have such symbolism. Does anyone know if there is any tradition to wear a wedding ring on her right hand? I can’t stop believing that it IS her wedding ring for some reason. Are there any country where it is done like that?