Shooting in Varanasi with the X-Pro1

Started Feb 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Sebks Junior Member • Posts: 26
Re: thanks for the feedbacks

Doss wrote:

Sebks wrote:

Hi Seb,

I just stumbled upon this thread searching for a different post on Varanasi...

Really interesting pictures.

However, some do make me a little uncomfortable as I wonder if you paid beggars & 'holymen' for their photo? Forgive the assumption if I'm wrong.


Hi Doss,

Thanks for the kind comment. You raise an interesting question regarding paying for a picture.

My position is to kindly ask before taking it. Most of the time they ("real" holy men) will just accept, and in some cases they will ask for a few rupees.

If they ask I always give them a small amount (between 20 to 100 rupees), depending on what I have in my pocket at the moment.

I find it absolutely normal to do so because:

- They're giving me fun by letting me take their pics, fair enough if they can get a good diner in exchange.

- I'm making in one month much more than they will in one year, and as a tourist I have to contribute to the local cash inflows.

Why would it make me uncomfortable? Sharon Stone and Justin Bieber get cash as well for their pictures

Best regards,

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