I was scouring through my archives and I found this.
This was shot during the infancy of my photographic “career” (?!?), back when I didn’t know that the term “street photography” even existed. I literally just picked up my first ever still image camera—a freshly handed down Yashica Electro 35 GSN—and started shooting.
I was naive then. People, mostly kids, came up to me and asked for their photos to be taken. More often than not, I obliged.
I have lost that. Nowadays, I snob requests from strangers. Although I still need to be selective (as a safety precaution especially if you’re living in this side of the world), I should grant requests more frequently.
I guess that’s my goal for the rest of the year then.
A heartful thanks to the photograph of this kid and his most genuine of smiles for reminding me of things forgotten.
P.S. This photograph is so cliche. If you’re familiar with Filipino street photography, you know what I mean. Lol.