My brother and I took a drive to Jatinegara, East Jakarta, to buy a bike hanger. When we were nearing our destination, I saw a homeless man sitting by the side of the road. By that time I kept thinking that I got to have a portrait of him. So when we arrived to our stop, I told my brother to just go to the bike store and I’ll be around.
I walked for about 500 m to the opposite direction from where we came to see whether that man was still there. Lucky for me he didn’t move from his spot. I approached him and asked if I can take a picture of him.
“For what?”, he said with a soft and weak voice.
“It’s for my hobby”, I replied
“Give me money”
“How much do you want?”
“As much as you want to give”
I saw him smoking, so I offer him cigarette. He said that he still wanted money. Then I told him to let me take your picture first. I took a couple of test shots. I was able to take only two test shots before he saw a bus passing slowly and he jumped in.
I had a little conversation with him while I was setting my camera. He’s been in Jakarta for only two months. Previously he stayed in Bandung, West Java. When I asked what brought him to Jakarta, he answered simply, “money”.
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