In India, respecting (or tolerating) one’s elders is still taught and practiced today as depicted in this series of photographs that I captured while sitting across the street in a small town in south India.
A young girl is sitting in front of her house when an older man steps out from next door. Maybe he is a neighbor or maybe he is her grandfather. He does seems to have it in for her. It appears as if this scene is familiar to both of them. Immediately the mood changes and it registers on the girl’s face.The man seems to derive displeasure from the girl’s youth and her mere presence disturbs him. And she knows his troublesome ways. He menaces her. She demurs. For all her youth, she skillfully handles his aggressive manner with tolerance, not taking him too seriously. I suspect that down deep she thinks that he is an old fool – as seen through her smile. Naturally, all this is conjecture but every picture tells a story.