Lying on her undone dress, this woman rests inches away from fragments of broken glass. With her left arm, she shields her eyes from the sun. The staged scene conveys a sense of tension and foreboding. Signals and Prognostications, Manuel Alvarez Bravo's somewhat bewildering title, implies that her disrobing and exposure occurred as the result of some inscrutable urge.
In Surrealist art, it is more frequent than not to depict only a fragment of the body. Manuel Alvarez Bravo followed that principle when photographing this model's torso. This scene was part of a series of images Alvarez Bravo made the same day, featuring this model in various poses and states of undress.