Man Relaxing By The Wayside

Man relaxing by the wayside in Jakarta
Shot in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The man lingering by the wayside in a residential area seemed to be not too bothered by my camera

When I walked around the residential area in Jakarta, I met unexpectedly local people. There were no tourist attractions or shopping malls around the area, there were only houses, but I came across locals. There were not so many people on the street, but I made eye contact with local people on the side of the road because it might be rare to see foreigners walking in this nondescript place.

The man in this photo was one of those who was sitting on the side of a road in this residential area. When I stopped and pointed the camera at him, he looked down for a moment, and then gave me a thumbs-up. He didn't seem bothered by the fact that the camera was pointed at him who suddenly appeared.

Not only in Jakarta but when I walk in a place where there aren't many foreigners, I often get the attention of the locals. Even if the town itself is a tourist attraction, there are also places where there are not many tourists, and I naturally stand out when I walk in such places.

When I visited Cairo, Egypt in the past, I unconsciously walked through the place where there were many shops selling only fire extinguishers. Cairo is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, but a place that sells fire extinguishers was not a tourist attraction, so I was very noticeable as I wandered in. And I was approached by many people.

Have you come to buy a fire extinguisher?

I would just respond to the question, saying that there was no way that was possible.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

August 20, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


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