Little boy's smile
Shanghai, China, May 2007 [Click all images to enlarge]
Foreign-looking folks are nothing new to the residents of Shanghai. This is likely China's most western-influenced, outward-looking city, so the friendliness factor was high whenever we took to the streets. To wit, this young man's family, out for a stroll on the pedestrian mall, stopped and bantered with us as we took pictures of them with their son.
Later on, I came across a mom trying to make her stroller-riding baby smile with a handheld toy fan. I had been taking pictures of a nearby statue, but when she rolled up with her stroller and smiled at my camera, my subject clearly changed. The ensuing conversation, heavy on body language and gestures, allowed me to connect with a complete stranger and make a little guy smile. I guess trust still exists here. Definitely a good thing.
Small people, small moments: they look remarkably the same here as they do back home.
Your turn: A small moment. Please discuss.