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They look a bit creepy to me. Did you have much interaction?
Not creepy- just two boys making funny faces at the camera (and me ).
Yes, I had interaction with the boys before I began taking pics of them- otherwise they probably would have just walked away. Beside- pics or not- this was my first (and only) up-front encounter with Aborigine kids in the month that I was on Australia.
As I often state, I'm a traveler with a camera, and the travel experience always took precedence over the photography.
Below is a reply I made in my 2nd post of this series:
Thanks for the comments, guys.
I hope you continue to follow this little series, because the "looks of trepidation" melted away after I fixed their old bicycle and began goofing around with them.
Combined with my brief encounter here and selected TV documentaries I've subsequently watched, I realize the truth to what Jay says, although one photo tells only a small part of this (or any) human encounter.
For example: I was walking around part of Ayer's Rock (Uluru)- away from the village- when I saw these two boys. No houses around- just them and me. I approached slowly, smiling and being as friendly-looking as possible (I'm pretty good at doing that in foreign lands).
I did not raise my camera at first.
They were trying to straighten the handlebars of an old bike they had found- but weren't able to. I gestured that I'd like to try, and they said okay. Being stronger than they, I was able to straighten the handlebars. They rode in circles and we began goofing off.
THEN I raised my camera and- with their okay- took some shots.
They were a bit camera-shy at first, but the upcoming posts show a more complete part of the encounter. They DID loosen up .