One small thing about your BlackBerry cameras…


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One of the things that drives me absolutely NUTS here is when I catch people taking photos/video of me surreptitiously on their camera phone.

I try to never photograph people without asking them first, unless it is at a large public/newsworthy event, but in Jakarta, videoing and photographing bules seems to be some kind of new hobby.

It makes me feel like an animal in a zoo sometimes and especially pisses me off when I am already having a frustrating day.

The other night, I was out at one of my favourite venues in town, Lucy in the Sky, having fun, dancing up a storm and being silly with friends. That is, until I noticed someone filming us dancing on their phone and laughing at us. All of a sudden I had fears about ‘Fat bule dancing like an idiot’ videos showing up on YouTube. It totally killed my buzz.

When I travel outside of Jakarta, I’m used to people asking if I can randomly be in photos with their group etc. It gets annoying sometimes (group number 72 billion of the day will get a less enthusiastic response than the first group in the morning), but I’m usually fine with it because they ask. Sometimes I say yes, sometimes I say no. I have the choice. I also get that they are usually on holiday too, from the villages etc, and they might not see foreigners that often.

But when Jakarta people take photos/film I get the feeling that it is for ridicule. Especially when I’m eating… that really freaks me out. I have enough hangups about that as it is.

So stop it guys! Ask first!

2 Responses to " One small thing about your BlackBerry cameras… "

  1. Adam @ PergiDulu says:

    Yeah I get that too from time to time. Not often enough that it bothers me and only once when eating that I know of. Most of the time when I’m on the road I pose with as many people as want photos because I still reckon it’s pretty cool that white people are so rare wherever that person comes from.

  2. Ashlee says:

    Yeah I don’t mind on the road and I get that it is exciting for people who don’t see bule so often. In Jakarta, if it is teenage kids or kids in the kampung, once again that’s OK. I guess I mean when it’s middle/upper middle class Jakartans that I get freaked out and feel like they are doing it to take the piss or something… I guess I’m especially sensitive about it being larger as well…