I shot this portrait 7 years ago outside a temple in my hometown in Tamilnadu. This lady was selling flowers, (not much, just a small basket of flowers). I asked her if she was not tired sitting out in that hot sun. She said that she didn’t want to be a burden on anyone. On women’s day, I posted a photo of another old woman portrait from China but felt something was missing in that post. It was the personal connection that this short interaction provided. .
I was watching this movie Hidden Figures. If you haven’t watched it yet, please do. The last two years have seen a change in collective consciousness regarding this whole topic of women, empowerment, freedom, liberty, etc etc. You can expect the change to go to deeper levels, unearthing, cleansing and re-templating so many old paradigms. As for me, I don’t believe that you can gain empowerment from a place of victimhood as its premise. Any desire/objective that stems from the premise of the lack of itself will never be achieved.
In the last two years I have come to know, directly and virtually, women who are in their own small capacity, laying the foundation for a changed paradigm.
Let us raise it to those women who have earned their rightful place, however big or small, with dignity, honesty and honour; who were confident & slogged their way hard up the steps of their chosen area instead of finding short cuts to money, name & fame, who did not rely on free rides, patronage, generous unabashed promotion by some successful, influential Godfather; who are original and earn their glory, however big or small, and not bask in the reflected glory of successful people; who live by virtues like dignity, honour & loyalty and not ruthlessly pursue their personal ambitions that are driven by insatiable greed & vulgar opportunism, breaking homes, destroying friendships, sabotaging relationships;women who rose from the ashes of betrayal, returning from the brink of losing it all, rebuilding their life, brick by bloody brick; who didn’t have to maliciously manipulate their way to name & fame - here’s to these women! After all, not every woman is an Angel. This society loves making Goddesses out of gold diggers.
Happiness is...... is....... is....... getting a half page spread of your photos in your most favourite newspaper The Hindu, in their pan-India Metro Plus supplement, and that toooooooo a day after your birthday! This is my most precious birthday gift this year!!!!! Yayyy yayyyy yayyyy! I am happpyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! I haven’t even brushed my teeth yet!!!! 😄😄😄😄😄
Pls buy the paper and see the photos. In Bangalore it is on Page 3. 🌅🌅🌅🌅🌻🌻🌻🌻🎂🎂🎂🎂🌻🌻🌻🌻🌹🌹🌹🌹👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🌼🌼🌼🌼💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻. .
I dedicate this to my tour guide in China - George. I wish he was in IG. .