Earlier, I saw a Becak running slowly with customers, but there were far more Becak parked on the side of the road waiting for customers. I feel that there is no balance between the number of becak and the number of people using them.
I've heard that bicycle taxis, cycle rickshaws, are very popular in South Asia, such as India and Bangladesh, as a business that people who come to the city can start with just one body without the need for education or capital. Compared to Jakarta, this town is as small as a pea, but there are more than 300,000 people living within the city limits. Many people have come to this city from the surrounding areas. As a result, there may be an overabundance of people who are engaged in the Becak business.
The two men in this photo were also waiting for customers with their Becaks parked on the side of the road. They looked bored and immediately noticed me walking by with my camera in hand. At any rate, they were not looking at their phones, nor were they indulging in magazines or books like the Myanmarese used to do. They were just absentmindedly watching the traffic, so it was easy to spot a foreigner walking around. When I pointed my camera at them, one of them smiled at me, but the other remained sullen.
February 14, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF