This gentleman was selling vintage cameras at the street market in Usaquen. We were talking about photography and comparing cameras. I think the following quote by Dorothea Lange fits this discussion and photo well: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
This happy fella was very excited when he saw me and my camera, and asked if I could take a photo of him. You notice his teeth that are stained in a reddish-black colour. It is very common for Burmese people to chew betel quids, which are little parcels consisting of areca nuts, lime and tobacco wrapped in a betel leaf. Like coffee or tea, they give users a buzz and are very popular amongst men.
When I was strolling through the streets of Toronto, searching for a little something I ended up in this store. I spoke to this Canadian immigrant, a Portuguese citizen and European champion about our world.
A couple of meters below street level, often hot and smelly, sometimes it is crowded, sometimes you feel lonely, but you hear drums playing and a sole voice singing. Stop for a second, enjoy the rhythm and the beat, embrace the melody and the sound. Appreciate and respect the people that turn this hot and smelly, crowded or lonely place into a platform of joy and harmony. Offer them love and give as much as you can.
Rasta Bob was an interesting character. He's been living on Caye Caulker for his whole life, except from a short stint abroad. He told me that he was in love with a tall, blonde German lady, who he had met on this particular island that is only 8 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. What are the chances! He decided to move to Hannover, but quickly realised that things are different over there. Unfortunately, it did not go as planned for Ras, so they broke up and he returned to his home island. I am not sure what the sign means on his back. Maybe he has been to Asia, too?