When I pointed my camera at a boy I met in a residential area, he gave me a peace sign. Here in Jakarta, as in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, the peace sign is a common pose in photography. Despite the name, the same is true for the peace sign-wielders who don't care about peace or Victory. Even this boy wouldn't be doing it to show peace or victory.
I'm not sure about the history of the peace sign; some say it originated during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century when English archers used it as a sign to provoke the enemy, the French, but apparently this is not very credible. Well, since the hand has only five fingers, similar gestures must have occurred spontaneously in many parts of the world.
There are only 20 patterns of gestures using two of the five fingers that we see every day. It would not be surprising, then, that some people make the same gestures in completely different places, I guess.
August 16, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF