Look Behind You #4

person behind

Last time, we looked behind us in Russia.

This time, we’re not in one particular place in the world. We’re simply with friends.

We all love taking photos when we’re together with our friends.  Group photos, so that we can have a visual souvenir of the good times we’ve had together.

You’ve probably got a lot of photos of you and your friends at different times – dinners, events, in the park, at parties – in lots of different places.

Everyone’s smiling because they’re happy to be with you and your group of friends. Like this photo.

group of smiling friends
Friends smiling for a group photo

But, have you ever taken photos of your friends while you’re walking behind them? Does that sound strange to you?

Why do I do it?

I enjoy doing this because people don’t expect it, and so it’s really natural.  I start walking more slowly than everyone else, and eventually find myself far enough behind to be able to take a couple of quick snaps before someone misses me and turns around – and ruins the photo!

It’s something I love doing because everyone is natural, not posing for the camera.  For me it’s a great moment of time when everyone’s just walking together and enjoying being with each other.

Even though you can’t see faces, you can still remember the moment and how great it was.  You don’t need to see the smiles to know that everyone was happy that day.

So, let’s look at some of my photos of friends. I’m starting with musicians, because we spend a lot of time with our musician friends. The first one is in a concert in Moscow.

Look behind you at concerts
Walking through an underpass after a gig
And after a gig in the metro
look behind you summer
And another musician, but not on a gig day

Look behind you on holidays

Here’s one of my favourite look behind you moments. It’s in the countryside in France, and our friend was moving his sheep so they could eat some lush green grass.

look behind you sheep
Walking up the hill to the green grass

And the same friend in a car with Olivier.

look behind you car
Look behind you in the car

We also have look behind you moments on holiday. Here’s one of me in Thailand.

look behind you cheryl
Walking back to the village in Thailand

And Olivier in Thailand, walking to the bus to go to Kanchanaburi.

look behind you olivier
Packed and ready to go

And that time we were in Beijing, China.

look behind you china
Look behind you on a warm day in Beijing

Look behind you in Moscow

And I sometimes take photos of Olivier in random places, like in this soviet style cafe in Moscow.

look behind you cafe
Back in the USSR

Now, up next we have a series of look behind you photos. It’s because, when this particular friend came to visit us, I had lots of opportunities to take photos of him and Olivier while walking behind them. It’s a look behind you tour of Moscow.

look behind you metro
Visiting the beautiful Moscow metro stations
look behind you metro 2
And going up the escalator in the metro
Then we were shopping in the GUM supermarket
look behind you moscow by night
And visiting Moscow by night – look behind you!

Here we have two old friends in Nice, France. They were walking back home after lunch in a local restaurant.

 old friends
Walking in Nice, France

And now some spring look behind you photos taken recently in Moscow and Moscow region.

In our local park – also a musician friend
And in the outer suburbs of Moscow – same friends!

These photos will always bring back lovely memories of good times with friends. We have a lot of photos of our friends from the front, but wouldn’t it be interesting to take some photos from behind for a change?

Let me know what you think. Is it weird taking photos like this, or do you like the idea? Are you going to try it next time you’re out with friends? Let me know in the comments!

~ Cheryl

If you enjoyed this post, take a look at the other posts in my Look Behind You series –

Look behind you introduction

Look behind you in Vietnam

And Look behind you in Russia

Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

2 thoughts on “Look Behind You #4”

  1. Great post and such a good idea. Even though you may not show their faces, you do capture the mood. Do you have an IG account – wold love to follow.


    1. Hi Laurie! Thanks for your positive comments. I really enjoy doing this type of photography, it’s very non-intrusive to the situation. No, I don’t have instagram, maybe I should think about starting one. I do have a few others posts about it in the blog, you may have seen them too. Thanks for visiting Born in a Car and commenting, I really appreciate it! 🙂


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