One Face: 3 Views



I was reviewing three photographs that I took of this woman in South India, determining which one I would select for a future post. I couldn’t decide. The more I studied the portraits, the more the range of emotions that each one conveyed drew me in. I think that it makes for an interesting study as a whole. I wonder what you think and what you see.

The portraits are arranged in the order they were photographed. I know this woman casually. She wasn’t surprised that I stopped to talk to her or to take her photograph. In fact, she relished the attention and enjoyed being in the spotlight for a change.

Some Reservatiom

Some Reservation



Each one of us has so many “faces,” so many moods, so many expressions, so many views, all open to interpretation. I do love the vast range of human expression. Capturing it from behind the lens is a challenge, a responsibility, a privilege and most of the time fun. Mostly, I make friends along the way.


About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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2 Responses to One Face: 3 Views

  1. josna says:

    I like the “assured” best. The others look vulnerable to me, and cause a pang. But they, too, are aspects of the person. . .
    Which one would she have liked best, do you think? Will she see the blog?
    Your photos are frequently very moving to me. The people are present, and you are present with them, ever-respectful.

  2. ninagrandiose says:

    . I showed the photos to her and the “assured” version is the one she liked best too. As you probably guessed, she is a very poor woman and I don’t think that she uses the internet.Knowing that you had an emotional response to one of my photographs, even if it is a pang, is my reward. Thanks, Josna.

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