The Woman Who Wasn’t There

The Woman Who Wasn't There by Rudy Giron

When I took this photo I knew right there and then that it was going to be a black and white photograph. The title is borrowed from the Coen brothers’ film, The Man Who Wasn’t There, about a gray man; if you haven’t seen it, I recommend you to watch it.

The picture was taken in San Miguel Escobar village; I wanted to show the nakedness and grayness of the concrete block wall and I was composing the photograph, the woman came out for a split second to take a look outside and went back inside just as quickly and disappear behind the curtain created by the shadows, but not before I took the shot.

There’s something I really like about this picture, but can’t put my finger on it, what about you, what do you think of it?

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  • Luis

    I would’ve name the picture simply “Anguish”.  Her face shows her sorrowfulness.  The picture makes me feel sad.
    A good song to accompany this photo would’ve been Gaby Moreno’s “Little Sorrow”.

  • I think when you capture someone in a fleeting moment like that there is a unique mood…sort of an ultimate candid since they are not engaged in anything yet.

  • I think when you capture someone in a fleeting moment like that there is a unique mood…sort of an ultimate candid since they are not engaged in anything yet.

  • Oakland Daily Photo

    This looks perfectly composed.  You’d never know this was a grab shot.  Well done, Rudy.

  • El Canche

    I like Luis and Chris’s comments and mix them together when I say; she just heard the light knocking at the door and came to find out what she might see or receive… A great impromptu shot.

  • Eric

    I like this shot because of the memories it invokes.  This is something I would see on my way as I walked to a nearby village, or even on the edges of the central Antigua.  I second ODP, Rudy … the shadows, the choice of black and white over color, the position of your subject … very well done.

  • Erick!

    I love this picture, Rudy.  Reminds me of those Wild West or Civil War pictures.  The black and white composition make it seem timeless, but I agree with the other, the lady looking out the door looks sad (even though she may not be).  The hand in her pocket make it seem as if she’s waiting for something that may never arrive.  Awesome photo.