I will make the completely unsubstantiated claim that Indonesia, where I currently reside, is the number one country in the world for “selfies.” People take pictures of their food. This affection for food won’t come as a surprise for followers of Instagram; food pictures are everywhere. This photographic subject is only one reason I rarely visit Instagram. I routinely say “no” when people ask if they can take a picture of me. I try to be polite and I give reasons for my refusal. I can’t control where the pictures might end up and how they might be doctored. Ask Nancy Pelosi.
Today, the day of this post, I went to my Kampung (very, very, local) barbershop. This shop (or stand) is a place where I get a haircut for the equivalent of USD 1.39 (double the price paid by Indonesians). Although this is my favorite neighborhood barbershop that I have used for more than four years, the barber today was new. After finishing the job, without asking permission or giving any notice, the barber produced a cellphone and started taking pictures (plural emphasized). Indonesians accept this as normal and are ready to strike a pose anytime. I know I am considered rude when I refuse, and it is a dilemma I face often.
Indonesians also realize the strange and sometimes absurd nature of this and make fun of themselves. In my classes, I noticed that when students leave the room for anything; a missed phone call, or a bathroom break, they do so in pairs. This practice is especially true for women. One day, three women left for a bathroom break. I remarked on this and asked the reason for three absences. One student answered, “Someone has to take the pictures.” Yep, that question and answer session happened. Of course, they were joking (I hope).
This practice brings me to this week’s Twittering Tale as we look back on a time when film was prevalent and a handy tool for proof. Wilke Collins and a friend, bird hunting enthusiasts, are attempting to take pictures on the Limmeridge Estate, the home of Marion and Laura, when he accidentally pans his camera to the top of one of the estate’s turrets. What he captured on film will possibly help in a court battle to settle Laura’s estate. Or maybe not.
About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.
I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.
Twittering Tales #138 – 28 May 2019
A Break in the Case
“You’re gonna want to see these Brad. I had the lab develop prints from the camera we found at the crime scene.”
“Do we have a suspect?”
“No, nothing like that. Look at this beauty. A ’64 Mustang. Do you think the paint job is original? ”
“Wilke, point the camera to that turret. There is a lot of activity, and birds should appear soon.”
“That’s not a bird. It’s the crazy Woman in White the villagers talk about. Is she trying to fly?”
“Two others are helping her. Get the picture. Someone will be framed for this.”