Before the widespread use of camera phones, taking photos and having photos taken was a bit of an event in many countries. Until a long time ago, people in Japan used to go out of their way to the local photo studio to take photos on family anniversaries and other occasions. It was the same way. In such a situation, when I walked around the streets with my SLR camera, I was often approached by people asking me to take photos.
Everyone has a smartphone with a camera attached. It's the same here in Jakarta. It looks like almost everyone has a smartphone. Photography has become a part of our daily life.
But there are some people who are different, there are still a few who are interested in the fact that I have a camera. These two people in this photo were it. When they saw me walking by with my camera slung over my shoulder, they paused as if they had to. Then they asked me to take photos. Maybe it wasn't so much that the camera was unusual, but rather that it was just unusual to see a foreigner with a camera walking around a non-touristy place.
August 6, 2020
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