If you think getting your photo taken is a bit intimidating, try being the photographer. I don’t much like having to shoot people I don’t know, but that is pretty much the life I chose here so I have to suck it up. Sometimes here at EMI I get the blessing of a having a "handler."
Matt walked me around the Amazima construction site one morning while the sun was lower, the light decent and the air a bit cooler (so, like 95 instead of 195* F). There were people digging latrines in this heat. The next time I want to complain about some aspect of my job, I will remember this. Like 45 seconds ago.
Matt warned me that once we told the workers what we were up to they would all want in. He was not wrong.
It started with guys simply stopping their work and posing for me, or continuing to work but giving a big smile and a look toward the camera. More than once I was like, “Um, it’s OK to keep your eyes on your hammer/saw/fast-spinning dangerous thing!” It morphed into men dropping shovels, saws, huge ladders (without people on them - whew!) and running over to get in the shot.
By the time we made it over to the far side of the site it was like word had spread. I think people actually may have made phone calls ("Mzungus are coming!"). The group shots got bigger and bigger. Sometimes I’d have two dozen lined up and I’d take a snap, only to realize I heard feet behind me and there were more men and women coming over.
It got a bit comical, but it’s always more fun for me when people get excited about the camera.
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