two wonderful women worked at an Ashram
I used to visit at Thondamanaru on
the Jaffna Peninsula. A place open
to anyone who walked in - a place
to stay, and with the most fabulous
vegetarian food. Cooking would start
at dawn and seemed to continue through
the day until dusk. I wanted a portrait
of these two women. I have always
liked taking pictures of pictures
- hence the old black-and-white photograph
of the lady that started the Ashram.
One woman carries the dried flower-stem
from a coconut palm - firewood that
would be used for cooking. I like
leaving little clues in my portraits
and, nearly always, I make the viewer
(and the person being photographed)
fully aware of the presence of a camera.
Lastly, colour: a pink wall, one sari
orange, the other blue; I couldn't
have hoped for anything better!