A woman pauses at the top of the steps before entering St. Anthony’s church for morning services in one of San Miguel's outlying neighborhoods. We don’t see her face – there is just dark shadow where her face may be. In fact, we don’t see much of her form, either – the highlights graze off her shoulder and back, while her entire front is shielded in darkness. Because so much is abstracted in this image, we are left with much to imagine. We see that she carries a cane and a wears a shawl to keep off the morning chill. She moves slowly, almost at a crawl. I photographed her from the bottom of the steps, so that the ground seems to be enveloping her feet, making her appear to walk even more slowly than she actually is. The rest of the story must come from within, not from without.