While on the site visit with Jillian yesterday I was snapping a bunch of pictures for World Concern to use to show their work. Well, this guy saw me taking pictures, and decided to turn the tables and take a picture of me instead! So, in retaliation, I took a picture of him taking a picture of me!!! Ha! What do you think about that?! He actually thought it was funny, and we showed each other our pictures and went our separate ways.
But I have to imagine that Haitians are probably starting to get pretty annoyed with all these white people taking pictures of them like they are some kind of spectacle. This guy was probably taking a picture of us to show us how awkward it is to have some random person take a picture of you when there seems to be no particular reason to do so. Imagine if a Haitian came into your office and snapped a picture of you at your cubicle, it’d be kinda weird, right?
Why do we (me included), feel that we can take pictures of these people at their most unglamorous moments: shoveling rubble, taking public transportation, bathing their children. It’s wild! I would be pissed if I was them, and I wonder if they are. Maybe I’ll start asking. Just think, your entire world literally just crumbled around you, and all some people want to do is take pictures of you. But I’ll have to mull this one over, as I take these pictures almost every day.