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Surrounded, Jaipur, India, 2008

An Islamic woman at first seems to be lost in a sea of men on this Jaipur street corner. I cropped their heads off to stress the point. Yet there are several contradictions at work in this image. The woman may be alone and seemingly vulnerable, yet her body language makes her look utterly confident. Her vividly colored clothing calls attention to her, yet nobody seems to look her way. Her masked face hides her identity, while her eyes seem to examine everything around her. She wears a costume that goes back in time, while surrounded by machines that point to the future. She is outnumbered here ten to one, yet she is the one who seems to be in charge.

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Phil Douglis23-Nov-2014 17:12
Thanks so much for correcting my caption. I have changed Islamic to Hindu. Your reasoning is excellent, Pranav, and you may well live in this part of world, where such sights are second nature.
Pranav 21-Nov-2014 11:14
I'd like to note, Phil, that this lady probably isn't Muslim. She wears a bindi, which traditionally Hindu women wear, and also wears a colourful sari, a dress Muslim women do not wear. The cloth on her face is probably just a shawl to keep away dust.
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