Women at work
My photographic journey has been a strange one, as it seems to have had a will of its own! What started as a hobby in 2002 gradually mutated into a passion. I trained under a portraiture guru but soon realized that faces did not interest me at all. Instead, I found myself gravitating towards shapes, form and structure. So I shifted focus to architectural and abstract subjects… and to photographing women.
The series on women started unconsciously. I was initially drawn to the colours and silhouettes of the women I saw working in the fields, in the construction sites and around their homes. Gradually, that became a more defined interest and I systematically went out looking for ‘women at work’. Once I began looking, they were everywhere! From the remote villages in India and Vietnam to the modern streets in Singapore, they were making a significant contribution to their worlds – toiling to build homes for other people, harvesting paddy, performing as street artists… Their contributions are often not acknowledged but they are there.
Most of my photos feature faceless women. To me a woman without a face represents ‘any woman’. And ‘she’ tells the story of a collective as opposed to the story of an individual.
This article is from
the March 2010 issue
of New Internationalist.
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