Most dictionaries define the word odalisque as a female slave or concubine in a harem.The roots for the word is Turkish and French. I thought of this word while looking at these photographs because of a painting by Ingres. Ingres was an outsider depicting a world he had no access to.
The painting let the viewer, also an outsider see into a private world of luxury tempered with the idea of helplessness and waiting. The seraglio is a place of protection as well as a prison. You sit lay around, wait, you drift into reverie ,you stare within and without. Waiting for something to happen, to be call . To be who you will become, to make your mark, to escape the enclosure of childhood.
Tomorrow Wednesday, March 21, 5:30-7:30pm
Houston Center for Photography BOOK SIGNING
with Candace Gaudiani, Laurie Lambrecht, Rania Matar, Lydia Panas, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti
Houston Center for Photography
1441 West Alabama, Houston TX