". . . last year in Zhouzhuang I [(c) 2003 eugene kuo] shot the picture below of a woman backstage preparing for a performance of Kunqu opera."(carte blanche pedicure)
:: comment :: . . . the personal story and accompanying photo sent me towards . . . beautiful exploration . . . the traditional is exotic / conventions are mysterious / inner private transformed into open public / backstage is onstage / presentational is ceremonial . . apply make-up to reveal/ make up to remember . . . unrelated question: Is posting a detail from a picture like quoting from a text passage? . . .
(Chinese Opera. Jessica Tan Gudnason. From the photgraph- ers foreward