How many times have we heard people say things like “This younger generation just does not know Indian tradition.”
I just realized they are right.? There is so much I don’t know about Indian traditions.? For instance, I was just reading this New York Times article on how people are photoshopping their vacation and wedding photos.? They are having fun adding absent friends, subtracting ex-husbands and providing everyone with virtual face lifts, liposuction and hair restoration.
Then I read a quote from “Mary Warner Marien, an art history professor at Syracuse University and the author of ?Photography: A Cultural History.?”
In India, she said, it is a tradition to cut-and-paste head shots of absent family members into wedding photographs as a gesture of respect and inclusion. ?Everyone understands that it?s not a trick,? she said. ?That?s the nature of the photograph. It?s a Western sense of reality that what is in front of the lens has to be true.?
See how ignorant I am?? I have never heard of this tradition. I am now learning of it from the New York Times.? It’s too late and too many years after my wedding to follow this glorious tradition.? See how I have failed again to follow Indian customs? 😦
Next time I visit India, I am going to take a look at some old wedding photo albums of my parents, aunts and uncles.?? Do you think I will find that a long dead great-aunt came back from the grave to attend my uncle’s? wedding??? That would be a gesture of respect, right?