Photographer's Note

This is a photo that obviously would fit my category of "nothing special". Just a few ordinary people having a chat in an ordinary street.

But wait! This is India, where nothing is "nothing special". I have visited India many times, travelling across the huge country back and forth in every direction, but no matter how long I have stayed there since my first visit 43 years ago, no Indian street ever leaves me indifferent.

I will always remain fascinated by the tiny shops, the hand-painted signs, the "elegantly arranged" wires, cracked plaster and other details seen in almost every Indian street. There is no need for the banal exotism of cows and holy men to catch my attention.

This photo is from somewhere in the centre of Shillong, capital of the small northern state of Meghalaya. The two women show two kinds of traditional dresses, the younger wearing a shalwar kameez (a long shirt covering pants) and a dupatta, a loosely draped scarf with the ends hanging at the back. The slightly older woman is wearing a regular saree.

This photo is not so old, only from 2009, and it is an original digital picture, not scanned.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12437 W: 572 N: 23877] (102104)
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