Women and vibrancy through a diplomat’s lens
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It was a horrifying moment for Beth A Payne when she just managed to save the arm of a fellow US Foreign Service Officer after bombing in a hotel in Baghdad in 2003. Later Beth, a career Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department, who had already served in conflict zones like Senegal, Rwanda, Israel and Kuwait, suffered terribly from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Kolkata helped Beth overcome some of her eight years of stressful existence in conflict zones and revive one of her old passions - photography.
Even as Beth prepares to leave Kolkata after a three-year stint as the US Consul General, she felt 'ecstatic' after her first 'photography exhibition' titled 'Face of Bengal' opened this Friday at the Harrington Street Arts Centre in Kolkata. She feels that her life's best tenure as a diplomat was spent here on the streets of Kolkata and in the vibrant rural landscape of Bengal. It might just be a sheer coincidence that she has been fascinated by the "women" in Bengal and her exhibition comes at a time when a woman chief minister has assumed political power in the state.
Strongly evident in her choice of images which are on display, 'women' - both young and old - are subjects of most of them. Most of Beth's characters ranging from a upper-class woman in a North Kolkata household to a young adivasi woman carrying a bunch of logs in Shantiniketan, her vivid images capture powerful emotions. Her subjects are not shying away from the lens. "I have always felt that women especially in Bengal are the warmest I have ever met and the kind of work that they do amidst thousand difficulties are worth saluting," Beth says. Through the pictures of a weaver in Phulia in Nadia district to the housewife who talks smilingly on her mobile phone while washing the dishes in a local pond, Beth says she has tried to capture the myriad mood and day-do-day chores performed by women in Bengal.
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