I stood on the street corner yesterday and took photos- mostly of the traffic (which you may have gathered is fascinating me!) During this time many children approached me- not for money, but to ask if I would take their photos. Most were young- under ten or so and had no inhibitions with the smallest amount of encouragement.
This slightly older boy was hanging out near where I was standing and he walked past me several times. Whenever I took a moment to look around, I’d also see him peering at me from round the corner, trying to look casual.
I’ve always loved taking pictures of people’s faces- but I’ve held back with strangers because it feels a bit intrusive or rude. But glory hallelujah, not in India! Here, everyone stares and a blonde friend told me dozens of people want selfies with her. Accordingly, I’m going to lose my inhibitions and shoot.
Eventually, I motioned to the boy, communicating “Would he like me to take a photo?” He flashed a quick smile, nodded, and put his ear-buds back in, and posed.
There’s a warmth, openness and curiosity Indian people have that I am finding delightful and very endearing.