Over the weekend, I met up with local entrepreneurs who has ties with India. All of them are of French origin. One of them is involved with a NGO which works with kids and their developmental activities. As part of their work, they conducted a workshop with kids from France and India. This was conducted at different locations and different times. The kids were given a camera, taught how to use and were asked to click pictures. They observed a curious phenomenon from the end results.
The kids from both groups were enthusiastic. They clicked a lot of pictures. The French kids took pictures of monuments and other structures. The Indian kids wanted to take pictures of their close ones. They wanted the pictures of their grandparents, family members and their houses.
I am not sure on the "why" behind this phenomenon. While in Gent last month, I asked a fellow traveler, who was French, to take my pictures. After two pictures, he remarked, "You do take a lot of pictures of yourself. I prefer taking pictures of the buildings and landscape". I was tongue-tied for a response to this comment which made me look like a narcissist.
Similarly, when I traveled in Cote D'Azur in June, I was playing the photographer for two Asian couples. They too returned the favor. Like me, they wanted a picture of them with the buildings and landscapes as the backdrop. They were not interested in clicking the pictures of buildings or the landscapes alone.