This man was in one of the food markets in North Jakarta. He was trying to maneuver his bike-cart out of the market so he could make a delivery. As soon as he saw my camera, he turned from a serious businessman to a comedian. He came alive for a few minutes when he became this entertainer.
Then, he needed to move on and get to work. Mood came on and off like a switch.
Everywhere I go in Indonesia, I find happy people.
I love this photo. The person on the left took a photo of the two men. After taking the photo, she showed them the photo and they all gathered around her LCD screen to look at the photo that had just been taken.
When I first started taking photographs, I learned with a Pentax K1000 film SLR. There was no instant feedback. In fact, if I didn’t shoot an entire roll of film in a day, it could be a week or longer before I knew whether I had taken any good photos. Now that we have instant feedback, we take a photo and then check to see how it turned out and often decide immediately whether it is worth keeping.
An unintended side effect, however, is that we gather around our cameras to see how good, or not good, we looked in the photo. Community built on LCD screens? Maybe.
This man was really adamant that I take his photo. He was also adamant that I take a photo of him smoking. I think it turned out alright.
I completed my Master’s degree (the coursework) today, and went on a three hour photowalk with a Jakartan expat. It was a great, tiring, overwhelming, amazing day.
This photo was one of more than two hundred shot today. Looks like I’m back on the photoblog.