In search of water; camels vs humans

Most inhabitants of the desert parts of Rajasthan do not have running water. Therefore long walks to the well are sometimes needed, a choir that is mainly performed by women. Camels are luckier since they can resist several days without the need to drink. These pictures was taken close to Jaiselmer, in the little village of Kuri where we spent the night sleeping under the stars.
One of the key aspects of street photography is the ability to react quickly to a situation. I spotted this women from the roof of the small inn we were staying at, walking at about 200 meters from us. I instantly ran towards them in a parallel street until I was ahead of them. I then saw the camels and though they could do a good foreground. It left me a few seconds to prepare my composition and I waited for them to enter the frame. I thought it was a good story; humans struggling for water while camels wait patiently in the pounding sun. Well, at least humans don't get to carry tourists on their backs… and believe me, I am quite heavy. (click on picture for high res)

Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F8.0, 1/350, ISO160

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