©2013 Noraimah Said
To what extent, are we always grateful? And just how far, are we less appreciative about everything that we had received/earned? - I understand these may not be the easiest questions to answer but at a certain point, we should be able to ask ourselves (not everyday), but atleast everytime we feel complacent about ourselves/the life we have.
This was taken few years ago, I was in Jogjakarta and was roaming around Malioboro street when I took this. I was actually standing on the side of the road, at a pavement trying to get a shot of its night life when this particular becak suddenly went pass me. What really caught my eye was... the smile that he still managed to give away to people. Let alone, his high enthusiasm. In comparison with most people, his job was not fancy nor was it ideal. But it was obvious that he was happy, which I highly find interesting. Hence, that's when I know that I had to take a snap of this unhypocritical scene.
Of course, taking this kind of shots at night was not easy, especially when it is a moving object. You had to not only get the right lighting but most of all, you also need to know how to play with the shutter speed. I don't have much experience back then when it comes to taking moving objects and people shots, in comparison to I am today (still not an expert yet & in the process of harnessing my skills) hence, it is obvious that, getting this shot was pure luck! In other words, playing with the camera and the exposure was one thing but being able to capture this, is just priceless! I really love the candid emotion and the outcome of this shot.
Not one of my best and not the type of photos that I usually released on social media. Then again, this is by far my best out of Jogjakarta. Something to commemorate my journey, and some moments to live by.
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