Photographer's Note

Isn't it great to have everyone's attention now and then?

I took this photo when I made my debut as a street artist. My act was very simple, but nobody had seen anything like it, so they were all very interested. All I did was to be blond and Western, wearing a teeshirt, jeans and sandals and carrying a backpack with a sleeping-bag attached to it. I ended my performance by quietly taking this photo. They were amazed.

This is from Jessore, a town in western Bangladesh, near the Indian border. In december 1972 the newborn country was recovering from the war with Pakistan one year earlier. The former East Pakistan had never been high on the list for foreign holiday-makers, and so soon after the war hardly anyone was going there. Except me, of course, and a young Australian man who had been staying in the same dormitory at the Salvation Army hostel in Calcutta. We were met with curious attention everywhere we went, but fortunately never any hostility.

I will add a view of a small part of the town as a workshop. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11533 W: 562 N: 22221] (96638)
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