White Shadows is a photo-essay of the widows of Vrindavan. It is here, in this ancient sacred and holy city, that a segment of impoverished Indian widows find refuge after the death of their husbands. Being destitute, these women are often cast out of their family homes by her children and in-laws, unable or unwilling to feed an extra mouth.
The widows earn a meager keep by chanting devotional chants on behalf of pious families, and congregate in various ashrams in the city.
As tradition dictates, they must wear plain white cotton saris, reminding me of white shadows…fleeing in the darkness of their ashrams, and waiting the deliverance of death.
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