Don’t Say Cheese

Karolina Wojtasik shoots people. She shot South Asian farmers, fishermen, soldiers, mothers — eyes wide in youth or crinkled with time — in her portrait photography series “{Sundara} Faces of India.” She spent two months riding rickshaws and motorcycles through India and Nepal, taking locals up on their hospitality, and snapping their portraits. Wotjtasik recounts that their consistent happiness floored her, so it’s curious that the most striking element of her portrait series is the solemnness of their expressions.

Photography is rare in these rural villages. Wojtasik says many of her subjects had never seen themselves in a photo before. So perhaps if you have only a single image to encapsulate your entire existence, you’re better off losing that goofy grin for a look that’s a little more dignified.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m., 2010

 
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