Tourist and beggar, Siem Reap, Cambodia (April 2012) © Jojie Alcantara
“Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life. And a good life does not mean just good food, good clothes, good shelter. These are not sufficient. A good motivation is what is needed: compassion, without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their rights and human dignity.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
I wasn’t prepared for this shot. We were about to board a bus when I saw this old woman with distinct white hair sitting on the road. Crumpled in a pose, half praying, half-begging with face upturned, she was gazing forlornly at the passenger who went up the bus with camera in his hand.
I didn’t have time to frame or compose my shot as I was hurrying to get inside the bus, too. I placed the cam on my hip, pressed the shutter, and hoped I have captured the poignant look on her face.
Minutes later inside the bus en route to Siem Reap, Cambodia, I was still thinking of her.