side effects of photography:
You start to imagine life in snapshots. Your eyes are the lens and your mind is the shutter. Snap: foreground- a group of old men enjoying coffee and conversation, background- a man riding by on a bike. Zoom in: the fluorescent market lights reflect on one of the old men’s glasses with a frosted, snowy pallor, making his eyes unreadable. Focus: many of the old people here have coincidentally or habitually adopted the same mannerisms- sitting with an unworn slipper resting on the ground and their bare leg crossing the other. Move on and zoom: it’s a different kind of culture here- an old man dips his fried dough stick in black coffee (locally known as kopi-o).
Sometimes a camera is too conspicuous.