1983, Paro Valley, Bhutan
Plate 32, 27x18
These two little boys were quite strange to me at first glance. Unlike most other encounters, there seemed to be almost nothing in common - their dress, the slowness with which they came over to where I was. Even when closer, their only query was the darting glances in their eyes, which very much carried the limited conversations. I mostly wanted the shot because they seemed so uninterested. They did not really pose, but rather slowed down. They showed no curiosity about me, or why I was in their backyard, or taking pictures, or in fact, if they knew what a camera did. It is one of very few times I have been in a far distant place and felt so unnoticed.
For a moment, I wondered what their feelings and possible reaction would be if they found themselves in the United States. Was I not interesting, or were they just not interested? The only note I took was that they lived in a remote setting, not near to a population center or even a crossroad, simply suspended in silence.
I have always been curious about these two boys because I was never able to see or analyze our meeting other than from my value system.