Sep 24 2010
The New Yorker puts out requests to a group of photographers, giving an abstract description of the sort of photo they have in mind. The photographers do not get to read the story. In this case, the descriptive fragments included: “A woman is covering part of a photograph of a man’s face with her hand (so that only the blue eyes and blond eyebrows and forehead were visible or covering everything but the nose)”, “symbolic/conceptual image of a wedding/marriage”, “red sari”, and “American wedding dress”.
Kate Joyce was intrigued, and came up with the beautiful and unsettling image you see. The man’s face, which at first I took to be reflected in a mirror, is actually a photograph (as in the story). The ambiguity makes the image all the more compelling.
No, I didn’t read the story – I am just sick of reading about arranged marriage stories. I know of and have probably experienced all possible combinations of circumstances that can happen in an arranged marriage.