I don't know what makes the difference, but differences in national character do exist. When I walk through a nondescript, non-touristy place in a foreign country, there are people all over the world who are interested in the fact that I, as a foreigner, am walking through such a place. But I feel the degree of interest varies from country to country.
Out of all the countries I've visited, the one where the locals were most curious was Bangladesh. When I visited Bangladesh, I was still using a film camera, and after releasing the shutter for a while, I need to change the film, but when I crouched down on the side of the road to change, despite the fact that I was working in secret before I knew it, a crowd had gathered around me. It is. Locals seemed to be curious about what a foreigner was doing crouched by the wayside, and if they were curious, they couldn't help but check it out for themselves. And even if I hadn't exchanged films, I often unintentionally attracted the attention of local people hanging out on the side of the road.
Here in Jakarta, there are not many people who are as curious as Bangladeshi people. Even if I wander around in a nondescript place, I don't feel their eyes on you, and they don't talk to me much. In such Jakarta streets, the man in this photo shows his curiosity.
I was walking down the street with my camera, and this jovial man approached me and told me to take a photo of him. He must have thought it would be uninteresting to just have his photo taken. He turned his head to the side and gave me both thumbs up while opening his mouth wide.
November 17, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF