1993, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Plate 36, 27x18
How to be friendly while seeming to be ugly! This was a strange photo. She stayed still, even looked at the camera. She seemed to move only after I took the shot, as a model would. At first, this animal seemed laughable because by our standards, it is stiff and very ugly - no grace, no contour and no redemption - just deep down ugly. Yet, as we both worked to make this picture possible, another form of beauty started emerge. She was friendly. She was patient. She seemed anxious to pose if only she could understand where and for how long. Actually, after the photo was taken and as I walked on, I glanced back, and she still remained in roughly the same position as
during the shot. At the end of it all, I had to wonder if, truly, beauty is even skin deep. At the end of it all, I was willing to simply accept her as another living being.