1984, Delhi, India
Plate 22, 18x27
She sat across the village square from where we were filming a documentary for public television. What intrigued me the most was her intense interest in what we were doing. I was sure she had never seen a movie being filmed before, yet she took her seat as we unloaded our gear and stayed the entire scene, including a brief lunch break. She was sitting in exactly the same spot as we left to eat. I could not help but wonder, not at what I was seeing but what she was seeing. After some time, I was so intrigued that I took a small handheld camera and photographed her.
These monkeys are very much on the move, and I had never seen one of them, especially this mature, who would sit and appear to be involved. Her interest in us seemed to transcend what might be their normal behavior.
I always questioned if she was so engrossed with a curiosity about us, why did our group seem to have so little curiosity for her and about her?