An older woman was sitting on the side of the road in a residential area. I didn't know what she was doing sitting alone in the residential area of Jakarta. She remained still, so maybe she was just relaxing, watching the traffic. Yes, the older woman was watching the traffic in a daze, not doing anything. And, of course, her gaze was directed at me as I was passing by.
I stopped in front of the older woman, following her gaze. I showed her the camera in my hand, and she quietly nodded her approval, though she didn't say anything. When I pointed the lens at it, the old woman also looked at the camera intently. Both she and I were silent as we stood facing each other across the lens for a while.
As Jakarta is a predominantly Muslim city, many women wear a hijab here. This older woman was also wearing a kind of hijab. I wondered if she was someone who worked under the sun on a regular basis. A number of deep wrinkles ran across her face as it came out of the hijab. When she stared at me with a face that was deeply etched with the age of life, I felt as if she was somehow able to see right through me.
|Aug 2020 INDONESIA PEOPLE|
|GRAY HAIR HIJAB JAKARTA OLDER WOMAN|
August 23, 2020
September 1, 2023
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF