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Being a Woman

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Being a Woman

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“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.”
(Joseph Conrad – English novelist, 1857-1924)

Those ladies were working on traditional Chikan embroidery in their little village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
They were expecting me and they were wearing their nicest sarees with a few jewels and some heavy make-up.
When I came inside the house one protected her face with a part of cloth in order to cover her shyness while the other was openly showing her beauty.
I was touched by their attitude and the way they behaved according their personality
When I came to this village I thought that I would only take pictures of this amazing artcraft and I didn’t know then that I’ll make many portraits of the ladies and children living there.
They had so much to offer to my camera…

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Wrapped up in Shyness

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Wrapped up in Shyness

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“The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid”. (Claudia Lady Bird Johnson – First Lady of the United States, wife of Lyndon B. Johnson), 1912-2007) This lady is working on a traditional Chikan embroidery. She knew that I was coming in order to take a few pictures in her little village which is nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, so she decided to wear her nicest sari and some heavy make-up. However when I came inside her house she was very shy and she covered her face with a part of the sari. I could still guess her features through the printed silk. Her attitude was touching, I only saw her face later when she wanted to see how came the pictures on the screen of my camera.

Thankfulness

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Thankfulness

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“Woman I can hardly express,
My mixed emotion at my thoughtlessness,
After all I’m forever in your debt,
And woman I will try express,
My inner feelings and thankfulness,
For showing me the meaning of succsess, …”
(Woman by John Lennon)
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This is one more portrait of a lady met I met in a little village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
She is making traditional Chikan embroidery.
The village shelters Hindus and Muslims families living together in harmony, everyone knew I was coming in order to take pictures and they were wearing make-up and their favourite saris.
I took many portraits of those ladies and their children, it was a very happy moment.
As I said in the comment of my previous picture this lady was shy in the begining and little by little she felt easy.
She gifted her beauty to my camera and I left this place with my heart filled with thankfulness.

Beyond Shyness

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Beyond Shyness

“What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even, than what he condemns, of his character, information and abilities.
No wonder, then, that most people are so shy of praising anything.”
(Augustus Hare – English writer, 1792 – 1834)

This lady took a bath at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Most of the women there show a real shyness and I never take any picture which could provide a kind of embarrassment to them.
I am trying to respect the privacy of those moments that they offer beyond shyness whenever they are simply following traditions.
Even if I realized that what they really present is not their body but their faith, the way they praise God and the elements which is actually the real intimacy of the human soul and finally what I find interesting to capture.

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