Any title is valid . . . It is a creation of the artist, and if it leads to a deeper understanding of the image, this makes it even more successful.
In this statement, Manuel Alvarez Bravo may have been referring to his title for this image, Somewhat Gay and Graceful. Despite its ambiguous meaning, it hints at the personality of the woman whose awkwardly turned legs are shown retreating from the viewer. Alvarez Bravo achieved this jarring, flattened perspective by photographing from an oblique angle. Despite the title's reference to poise, everything in the image–the camisole laid out to dry, the griddle filled with tortilla strips, and the woman–appears transitory and unstable.