Last year, I traveled to a variety of places, but my most prized photos are of the people we met along the way. People photos are unique, the moments fleeting. For me, it is more special to capture a street scene or portrait of someone we met along the way, versus a landscape or cityscape. And getting people photos was easy last year, since the friendly people of Indonesia and Thailand are eager and willing to be photographed.
Below are my top 10 photos of people from the year. I’d greatly appreciate it if you vote for your favorite and leave a comment about what you liked. You are welcome to vote multiple times and lavish praise upon all them if you really want to.
Note: For my top 10 photos of places, click here.
1. Boys on a Bike
When it hujans in Indonesia, in pours. Shortly after a torrential downpour in Bajawa, these boys were amongst the first to venture out, speeding by on their bike despite the spitting rain.
In the tiny, traditional village of Belaragi in central Flores, we met this lady with a 1000-megawatt smile. She was one of three people in the village that morning. It was Sunday, and everyone else had walked four miles to the nearest church. Sinner.
3. Swimming Boy
At the town of Rinca in Komodo National Park, this boy kept running and jumping off the pier into the ocean. I wonder if his mother scolded him for his wet clothes?
4. Future Indonesian Rock Star
After a long, sweaty hike on Kelimutu volcano, we spent the afternoon drinking juice, Bintang and people watching. The best part: this guy and a few other very talented musicians were practicing. We had a nice private concert.
5. Learning to surf is hard
Seen on Kuta Beach, Bali.
The man in the front left with the tripod and DSLR camera arrived about an hour before sunset, staked out the perfect spot and waited for the sun to slip behind the temple. Dozens of kids on a school trip, all armed with camera phones and point-and-shoot cameras, realized he had the perfect vantage point and swarmed him. Poor guy.
7. Tana Toraja Funeral
In central Sulawesi, the Torajan people host some of the most complicated funeral rituals on Earth. Here, the family of the deceased looks on.
8. Shy Boy
In the Ubud market, this boy kept shyly flirting with us. I could tell he wanted me to take his photo. When he put his head on the bike and looked at me, I had to snap the photo.
9. Loy Kratong
We happened to be in Bangkok during Loy Kratong, a major Buddhist holiday. Worshippers light candles on kratongs, then float them down a waterway to wash away sin. Most of the people seem more focused on taking photos than praying. This long exposure photo was taken in the Min Buri district, a non-touristy area in Bangkok. We were visiting friends who live in Bangkok and got an authentic look at the festival and city.
10. Ballin’ Nieces
One of the great joys of visiting my family in Oklahoma is getting to watch my nieces play sports. I can still beat one of them. Can you tell which one that is?
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