Me : “ajoba me tumchi photo gheoo ka ? “ (uncle, can I click your photograph ? )
Ajoba : nervous
Me : “ tension nako gheoo, asach vicharla ? (don’t get nervous, I asked casually )
Ajoba : “ho, pan ka ? “ (yes, but why )
Me : already looking thru the viewfinder, “ajoba smile please “. Click.
Many of dread speaking to strangers, let alone standing on the stage and face the audience speak. Then imagine how would you muster up the courage to stop a perfect stranger on the street and ask them to let you take their picture ! but trust me If you enjoy such challenges and are game enough then you would have some amazing stories to tell, experiences to share.
This is when you become from a tourist to traveler. And most surprisingly you may not even have to set a budget aside, review hotels and book tickets. You may very well turn into a traveler of your own town. I am sure there must be many nooks and corners, shopkeepers, gardens , the cute girl in the sun-dress that you always wanted to speak to, the small eatery ,and such, that you till now just ‘saw’ but never ‘interacted’ with.
A camera can be a surprisingly efficient ice-breaker. I always held an impression that people would scoff when I would look at them and ask for picture of theirs. But no, majority were more than glad to be photographed. Though I haven’t tried street portraiture in other countries, but I am sure people would be generally positive about being photographed. An ‘eye contact’ a ‘nod’ and a ‘smile’ goes a long way in getting some really great pictures. At times people also provide their e-mail ids and addresses to send them the pictures and within no time, you are from a total no one to a friend. Now imagine doing this in the same place over a few times, and one would have got some really great pictures and new people mingle with .
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