I love this photo, the lady on the left of the photo is Melissa, she was taking photos of these ladies who we met on the island of Lombok back in July. Melissa asked the group of ladies if she could take their photo and she was quickly given permission. The ladies did their best “serious” pose and Melissa took a few snaps. However, I think that the best expressions were from this “behind the scenes” shot that I captured of Melissa showing the photos that she took, the expression on the lady with the basket on her head is classic. Note to all: if you are traveling around Indonesia and would like to take pictures of the people that you meet please ask permission first (just point to the camera and say “photo?” if there is a language problem) as some people don’t like having their photo taken. The best reaction you will get is to “share” your photo with your subject afterward by showing them the photo, everyone loves the results!
One thing that every visitor seems to notice right away when traveling around Indonesia is the friendly faces and quick smiles that are so prevalent among Indonesians. Recently, I have traveled to several different areas of Indonesia and of course found that the kids in far flung villages are always so happy to see tourists visiting their homes. Although seemingly shyer than most kids I have encountered in other areas of Indonesia, these kids in a village outside of Biak in Papua province eventually warmed up to the camera and loved to pose in groups for a few fun photos.