Its an Indian woman of an undeterminable age sitting on her behind looking at her phone to see if she has any messages, She is also posing for a photographer, because that skirt wouldn’t normally fall that evenly. As son as she stands, she will look quite average, even dowdy. But the way she sits there now is attractive. That is the story. A beautiful moment for an otherwise unremarkable subject.
I wonder what prompts you to repeatedly stress how “unremarkable” she is (in your comment regarding the man on the flower market, you repeat your sentiment). I assure you, most of us look “average” when not set in scene. Even models and movie stars walk unnoticed in the crowd. If they ARE noticed, it is not due to their beauty, but rather to the fact that they are so omnipresent in the media that people tend to recognize them. I live in a big city, and I often travel by public transport; often I see somebody in the subway or on the bus who is very beautiful, but nobody seems to notice, not even if the person in question is actually a model or actress whom one might recognize if who were to look closely.
Oh yes! A few years ago I started collecting old saris – the cloths are so opulently beautiful. They would not suit me as apparel, so I decorate them around the house as curtains, tablecloths or bedspreads.
I’ve never been to India, and I may be wrong, but I don’t think the world is partitioned like that any longer (sari-wearing/jeans-wearing). Aside from that, I think I have never seen folklore that I find truly ugly. One can tell that it has evolved from environments, customs and beliefs that are deeply rooted in the respective society, and yet there are often surprising commonalities, similar or even identical patterns and color schemes. Lots of traditional fabrics that have nothing in common regarding cultural origin still look fantastic together: Turkish kilims combined with Indian kantha, African batik… you name it. Check out the website of the incredibly creative Californian designer Kaffe Fassett, whose work is inspired by shapes and patterns from all over the world!
Wow. The vibrancy of the ‘neutral’ colors due to the fabric, the lapis/indigo blue and composition of the skirt is just wonderful. I also love the mix of lady like with the boyish shoes. Just beautiful. And thanks that it is India and not N America or Europe. Fashion and style really being global. Love it.
Modern day Audrey Hepburn. Truly, this is one of the most evocative photos you have posted to this blog so far, not just because of the sitter’s beauty, but because of the fantasies this composition inspires.
Jessie Berlin, couldn’t agree more with your comments… how anyone can use the word ‘unremarkable’ in conjunction with this woman, and indeed this image, bewilders me! She is the picture of elegance, and it matters not to me whether she has been styled for the shot or not.. it is enough for me to see her there in her moment of quietude.. and enjoy it. This is an image I will keep in my mind. Scott, capturing a moment like this, of a woman’s routine in ‘dressing’ is a talent and you have dealt with your subject gracefully. Women go through this ritual often, and it is rarely visible. This image captures both the individual and the universal.