Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes


Here we have a cheerful older woman smiling at the photographer in the village of Vadgam in Gujarat.

A visitor to our exhibition today commented that I should learn the Hindi for ‘smile at the camera, please!’

Smiling at the camera may be an automatic reaction and is certainly the expected response, but that’s a bit like putting on a mask, and I prefer the person without the mask. It’s also a natural way to greet people so I can understand why the visitor thought that the India portraits in our exhibition were looking preoccupied or moody.

I prefer moody, though I really like the two contrasting expressions seen in this photo that was taken in Gujarat, last Novemeber.



One thought on “Bright Eyes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: