I can’t get into a habit to write here often. I believe that it’s a matter of time and value of materials (i.e. photos) that I’d like to share. I wanted to write this post a long time ago, but better late than never. Today morning I made a series of snapshot on my 3gs of Indian labourers, this one below I posted on my Instagram account
I’ve noticed that people most of the time don’t pay attention when I shoot them on iPhone, just because it looks unprofessional. If I have DSLR in my hands, situation changes dramatically, some people start to protest against photos – waving their hands, or arguing to delete the shot if I had a luck to press the shutter button before, some people trying to hide or get out of a camera sight, and the rest just pose for photography (the bravest ones). Generally speaking, I don’t like when people pose, portraits became “dry” and lifeless, image looking like “passport photo” and, sadly, it’s going to a waste bin later at home. I don’t want to touch moral aspect of shooting people, taking into account their cultural and religious taboos, I respect people feelings and privacy, but that is another story.
I made this shot during our second visit to Jordan. Unfortunately, this is the only shot I made with people, but I think it’s not a bad one. We had a full day to see the Jordanian capital despite it was hot (in June).
I found these interesting men in the streets of Amman on our way to Amman Citadel, but the most interesting about them is what they do in the streets. I didn’t see any customers with them but looks like they manually polish a shoes. Incredible! Impossible to see anything similar in UAE or maybe in Europe even (except museums of course). But here, you can see them, shoot them and even talk to them!
Sometimes I think that modern lifestyle has changed our world, life principles (how we live) and professions (what we do) significantly. Nobody tend to have a dirty and hard job, except they forced to do it. Almost all people nowadays want to be a lawyers, doctors or do some other stuff sitting in the comfortable offices and drive a sports cars. I didn’t see anybody younger than these elderly men doing the same job in the streets. It seems like this profession will dissappear after these grandpas will leave the world of living.