1993, Delhi, India
Plate 21, 27x18
This little girl in rags was living in a poor slum area of Delhi. We had a full crew at this time in the area doing part of a movie for PBS, so it is possible that she sized up that something was afoot and went quickly to her home and changed into this colorful
dress. I have no way of telling for sure, but I felt more uneasy that she should have this fantasy and then in four or five hours drop back into the grime around her.
Devoid of hope or dream, the area where she lived was chaos, dirt beyond dirt, degradation on a large and ongoing basis. It was so bad that you would think that the people and their government were making an effort to accomplish this horror. In contrast to seeing her in her pretty dress and with her clear olive skin, you wonder what turn of destiny put her here and another child in Paris. What warped god had brought us this scene?