Just one. That is all I need. When I step out on the streets with my camera, I’m just out there to surprise my self. A lot of faces that I come across fascinate me. Most of them make me approach the person who owns it and ask them for permission to pose for me. I shoot countless number of faces every time I photo walk, but out of all those many faces one will stand out. One which makes my day. One which makes me feel glad despite some people thinking of me as an annoying weirdo with a camera. One that makes me realize that all that walking in the hot sun, dust and pollution is for what I love to do. One which makes me tilt my head up and say “thank you”.
This picture is once such face. I was walking under a bridge where some fruit sellers had opened up their own petty shops. The shade from the hot sunny afternoon felt like heaven. Some people had parked their bikes for a break. It is this opportunity that the fruit sellers seize to make a living. This man was one of the fruit sellers. I was doing a lot of candid shots there but when I saw this guy, I just couldn’t help going up to him and asking for a picture. I didn’t speak. I just lifted up my index finger with a slight sideways nod, lifting up my camera in the other hand asking in sign language “May I?” He too just nodded saying “Yes”. And I grabbed this one. When I browsed through all the shots of that day in my computer, this one stood out, just as I had predicted.