Posted by: cochinblogger | February 16, 2013

The Backward Glance

This was shot in a reflex action from the open window of a speeding taxi in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The saris the women are wearing (from the way they’re wearing their saris, they’re not Tamils and are probably Gujaratis) are eye-catching alright, but what are the three women looking at that the fourth woman is oblivious to? By the time I’d lifted my eyes from the camera, the taxi had passed the women, so I’ll never know what made them glance backward and stare.

I’m quite used to shooting from moving vehicles: auto rickshaws, cars, trains … Street photography is all about capturing an ephemeral moment unfolding on the street that will never repeat itself. The subjects are strangers. When you’re shooting from a moving vehicle, the distance from the subjects is so great and the contact so fleeting that it’s like hit and run.

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