Photo du Jour: A Produce Merchant in Pushkar, India

Woman wearing traditional jewelry and clothes selling vegetables in Pushkar, India

If only this produce merchant and I had spoken the same language, for I think she would have had remarkable stories to share. I crossed the woman’s path while exploring the more quiet, but extremely colorful back lanes of Pushkar, India. (Pushkar is in the Indian state of Rajasthan and it’s perhaps best known for being one of the five most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites.)

As this scene presented itself to me, I noticed the juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern — the woman’s weathered face and her traditional, clunky, silver jewelry contrasting with the shiny and new motorbike behind her. I was pleased that she graciously allowed me to take her photograph. And I wondered – what must be on the minds of individuals who have never held a camera, never had a copy of a photograph with their likeness on it? Indeed, they must be just as intrigued by a shutterbug’s motives as I often am about the treasure chests of stories they possess.

Woman wearing traditional jewelry and clothes selling vegetables in Pushkar, India

Photo du Jour: Nap Time in Saigon

Despite the noise of thousands of whizzing motorbikes, a man in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam managed to catch some zzzzs in an ergonomically challenging position.

When I snapped this shot, a man looking out the neighboring restaurant window flashed me a wide grin. He signaled his approval of the captured Kodak moment with a hearty thumbs-up.

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