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I love (not really) posed photos

lombok man

 

I took a walk down to Pura Batu Bolong, a Hindu temple about a fifteen minute walk from my hotel in Lombok.  When I got there through the beach entrance (which I found out later made me totally rude and disrespectful to the temple), I was greeted very kindly by everyone.  I approached this man to ask him for permission – “Boleh saya foto kamu?” – and he graciously says, “yes.”  Then…he poses like this.

He’s very sweet, and he is a very nice guy.  What I was hoping for was a candid photo, but he wanted to pose.  I don’t like posed photos.  There is little that is natural about being fake…actually, nothing natural, unless one wants to get into a whole “people are always fake” debate, which I am not.

I took the photo, thanked him, and then waited for him to go do something natural.  Every time I raised my camera, he went in to pose mode.  I just smiled and moved on.

What was awesome was that there were three of this guy’s friends who were mimicking him, in each pose he threw at me.  A little extra smile between all of us.

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One response

  1. I don’t suppose he gets many photos taken so it was a novelty. I know what you mean about posed photos, I prefer taking them at random, just catching people naturally.

    June 28, 2013 at 4:56 am