Have you ever heard of the saying ‘Coins make noise while notes are silent‘?
Today I kind of understand what it means.
As usual, I went out taking pictures after work. My ‘playground’ was Bugis, Singapore because it’s a busy town full of my favourite subjects- Elderly. The town is also a mixture of olden and modern Singapore representative.
There’s a rickshaw ‘parking lot’ right outside of the Albert Food Centre. I spotted and visualised one interesting image where a rickshaw ‘uncle’ was resting on his rickshaw seat. Because I was timid and scared, I loitered around first.
Finally I gathered enough courage and went straight in front of him. At first I thought I might get a dismiss from the subject. But when he saw me, he couldn’t be bothered. So I was elated and fired my first shot but it was slightly under-exposed. In the mean time I heard an “Oei” somewhere. I knew it couldn’t be the subject himself because I could see him.
Then I didn’t give a damn and continued my second shot after adjusting my exposure. After I was done, I looked at the subject, intended to smile but I saw a head pooping out from the back of the rickshaw.
So that’s where the “Oei” came from. He shouted in Mandarin “I already told you NO PHOTO”.
I just turned and walked off, pretending I didn’t hear it. I know I have to ignore such people. My own subject did not object me, why should he?
That’s the same with the society actually. Sometimes the person involved did not mind, but those around were making noises.
Or, those who are small often give the most non-constructive comment while the wise kept the noble silent.
This is the ‘philosophy’ I learnt and experience while doing street photography.
How about you?