Polaroid, Irian Jaya, UN discussed on Travel with Rick Steves


And then I'll call over the interpreter and and let them know what I'm there for what I'm doing. When we think about traveling around the world and photographing people, I would imagine every culture has a different idea of what is beautiful. Do you have a sense of that when you're in a different culture is what is not beautiful from our point of view, but what's beautiful on their terms in terms of human right one of the things that happens quite a bit when I had out these Polaroid's I've given Polaroid's people haven't seen their face and they can't believe it's them. They'll have to have a friend combined look at it and point to it and say, yeah, that's you. There are people on this planet that don't know what they look like. Oh, yeah, that's fascinating. Less and less all the time. Yeah. But yeah, that's interesting. When that happens in terms of beauty, you know, I have this book enduring spirit, which is tribal people and indigenous people all over the world, which I carry with me and I'll take that and I'll let them look it. And they'll look at a say somebody from Irian Jaya say, and I'm in Africa. They might have bones coming out of their nose and a penis scored on and they'll laugh. Oh, jeez, that's the strangest things. How could anybody do that? Here they're sitting there with, you know, lip plate in their in lower lip. That's about six inches in diameter. So you know, we all have our own senses of what's beautiful. But what struck me when I look through your Tabet book was that there was a very fundamental beauty in each subject and it wasn't your standard American Beauty. They were not necessarily beautiful by, you know, advertising standards in the United States. But there is a fundamental beauty that transcended you know how smooth was their complexion. The aware of that when you're, yeah, that's what I'm attracted to. That's what I love taking pictures in the raw, itchy it is. It's just a very natural UN enhanced in any way. You look at it the way we're in Hanson beauty, but it's this beauty that we see in the rough is that a function of the strength of their spirit because sometimes you see somebody, they just go, there is one proud person. There's a person who's on top of things who's fulfilled. Yeah. Yeah, energy come through. Yeah. Oh, yeah, definitely. I don't know. There's something about being close to the earth and in that cycle and you know there's dirt on their face. Beautiful. It's just such a beauty when you are dealing with people in different cultures as of otographer, do you find different people have different fear or reaction to the camera? Some people just can make love with the lens and other people here the enemy. How do you get through that? What are the tab who's? And so, well, first of all, you know, I teach a lot in students are always wondering, how do you break the ice and first of all, you have to be comfortable with yourself in doing it. And that takes a little bit of practice. But I've been in so many different cultures and tribes and you know, I've never heard the term. I'm afraid you're trying to steal my soul to me. That's an a wives tale. Yeah, but you know, it was THEO Pia down on the lower OMO valley with the Mersey tribe for some reason. Zain when I was down there, there was a belief at that time that something would come out of the camera and blind them so they would when I would hold up the camera, they would duck their head. But other than that, you know, I find it much easier to take a picture of a person like this. Then a picture of somebody in our culture in our culture were worried about, okay, am I gonna look too fat, too. All right to this to that they're, they're mostly especially if I'm using a light, they're caught up by, you know, jeez, this is interesting, so their attention isn't on themselves. It's on me and it's an outward directed attention that gives a stronger image. Do you find it helps to give them some business smoke a cigarette, fling prayer wheel around or just be alone with the camera you. Meanwhile the while, taking this picture, I usually let him be alone when I'm doing portrait's.

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