Photographer's Note

This is from a scan done a few years ago and I'd suggest a good viewing distance of at least a couple of feet. It may look awful on a really good monitor - let me know.

I've just been getting involved in the Sabyasachi PP non-debate and whilst I can't bring myself to sharpen and darken to that degree I thought I would subject this recent image to some of the devices he uses to change images for TE - perhaps it's more fitting to give this image back its original title from the colour version - 'Old Mother'

It's particlarly interesting to see what happens to the person with such dramatisation of an image - really worth thinking about how we can 'exploit' a person's look for our own ends..........not just the heavily re-touched magazne model.

I'm afraid Kaj's realism still gets the bigger vote from me.

......and this lady is not as distressed as she looks here.......there's a much mre gentle thing going on.....go back to the original and take a breath.

Words from first b&w post

A black and white conversion from a scan of an old print - something I posted in colour in my early days here - just coming across it reminded me of Kaj's excellent work from Gujarat over the last six/seven months. So I dedicate it to her and the people she came to know.

I'd also just done a couple of workshops on this image just now so I guess that influenced my post

This lady and her family welcomed us very generously to their homes in a very poor village near Bhavnagar. I was travelling with Frances my wife and three year old and seven year old sons and we'd just encountered a cobra on the path.......I held my kids back and one of the village guys grabbed the hand of one of his and a big stick and went after it.

When we left their house they insisted on us taking all sorts of gifts but the Patels in the upper village who we visited next took them all off us and gave us new ones. There was a real politic going on in this village and our Bhavnagar hosts were really concerned about us getting involved and seemed somehow concerned for our safety ......but we experienced nothing but generosity and kindness ......and i can make up my own mind about politics.

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