Older Woman Relaxing By The Wayside

Older woman relaxing by the wayside in Jakarta
Shot in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

On the side of a residential street, an older woman wearing a hijab was lounging by herself

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.


What is Hijab?

A hijab is a veil worn by some Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to Islamic standards of modesty. Hijab can also refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to "the veil which separates man or the world from God.

Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

August 23, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


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