Photo of the Day: Camera Friendly Culture

After a morning of photography on the streets of Jaipur, India, I was hungry and stopped for a bite at a small restaurant. While I was waiting for my food to arrive, I noticed these two young men framed in an opening in the wall of the kitchen. They noticed me too, but instead of turning away or showing annoyance, they looked directly at me and stood still as if posing for my shot. I made a few exposures and gave them a smile and a wave. They smiled back and went on with their conversation. One of the many things I love about photographing in India is that Indians, in general, are not the least bit camera shy. In fact, I often get stopped by strangers who ask me to take their picture. Sometimes they want to see the shots on the back of my camera and other times they just smile and walk away. Quite a contrast from other cultures that are not so camera friendly.