© Manjari Sharma
On a happier note:
I've been wanting to share Manjari Sharma's work for a bit now and today's the day. She has a body of work called The Shower Series that completely drew me in the first time I saw it. The intimacy of the images is quite striking--I find myself having a difficult time articulating what I think about the quality of the subjects' expressions because of this sense of peering into a quiet, private space. My favorite photographs in the group are the ones where the water itself becomes a subject of sorts: frozen in mid-fall or washing down a person's face it creates such a feeling of solitude, and again that word: intimacy.
In her artist statement Sharma uses terms such as "confessional" and "pious" and I think that's part of the success for me of the pictures, in that they do carry this sensibility of opening up, of baring secrets--not in a traditional religious setting, but another, similarly small space, one that is usually private and not shared with strangers. See the rest of her beautiful work here.