India postcard

[From October 2007.]

I took this exact photo, oh, seven or eight times.  Each time I would show the two women the result, they would have an animated back and forth (which I could not, of course, understand), and then they’d wave it off.  Under their watchful eyes I’d have to erase it, and they’d pose for another go.  They finally smiled and gave their blessing.  Afterward I asked an Indian friend what the issue was.  Apparently they wanted a portrait that didn’t make them look fat.