DAVE HOUSE – UMBRELLAS – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT
After an arduous trek in early 2005 I was taking some time out (as much as one ever takes time out when travelling) in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. It was the rainy season and at precisely 11:54 every day, the heavens opened and a pounding tropical thunderstorm drenched the city.
Right on cue, outside the local shopping centre, these kids would appear. For a few rupiah they’d shelter folk under their umbrella as the punter crossed the road to their vehicle. The kids idly spun their brollies and exchanged banter between jumping to attention and vying for emerging shopper’s custom: just another slow day at the office.
While the older, cockier boys fared better the oldest was barely 10, they were all barefoot and shivering and the servitude toward those emerging from the shopping centre, with it’s air conditioning, international brands and Western fast food outlets, sat awkwardly with me. Out of the hundreds of photos I took on that trip, this photo in particular has stayed with me.