When people see a camera there seems to be one of two polar reactions: shy away from the lens, or be over the top and silly. These strangers fell into the latter bucket. They stopped in front of the car mid-stride along an Oak Street crosswalk when they saw me sitting passenger side with my camera. They chirped about being from Portland after striking their poses. Maybe that explains part of it.
If you go by Morton Park near English Bay in Vancouver you'll see a group of giant bronze statue sculptures depicting a laughing man series called A-Maze-in Laughter. This piece launched the Vancouver Biennale, a public art exhibit across the city that showcases 31 artists until June 2011. Seeing this display naturally brings out the need for people to goofily emulate the expressions on the sculptures. I don't know who this guy is, but he was mocking a statue for his own friends' cameras (left) until he abruptly decided he no longer wanted his photo being taken when he saw my lens aimed his way as well (right). I laughed. These sculptures work.