Thursday, December 24, 2020

Young Student + Soft Shawl, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2020

Over the past seven years it's been my privilege to photograph the young students of a dozen madrasas in the district of Shamli. For the majority this is their first time in front of a camera, as well as the stranger in their midst. Now they are familiar with me and feel more at home with the lens.

This makes such an expression possible. She is so young yet so present in the moment. Her portrait is from the waist up, but I felt that a severe crop of the negative would isolate her features and present her expression best. 

I look forward to the dry prints tomorrow!

Note: this image was printed onto Ilford 11x14 fiber paper, and toned in Selenium for permanence. 

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