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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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I have started writing a guide for tourists who come to India with particular interest in Photographing India. It includes site ideas, subject ideas, prop. ideas, and safety guidelines.

During my research for the article, I was particularly attracted to an album where a visitor reversed roles with locals and took many pictures. I am reproducing one below, and I have captioned it "Role Reversal". Click the picture for a much bigger version.

Quoting from the guide... on photographing India's streets.

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For many poor people of India, the streets are indeed their homes and your photographing constitutes invasion -- that is equivalent of a stranger photographing inside of your home or bedroom.
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As any tourist who has visited India can tell you, it is very common to see people using the streets (or nature) as bathrooms. We have one picture in our collection (for perspective, we have 200,000 photographs), that painfully illustrates this fact. As an editor, I have deliberated a lot before publishing it. But as a photographic subject, for artistic merit, and to document truth, I thought the picture deserved publication. I have captioned it rather strongly.

No need to add that it is one of the pictures we get most flames about. You can submit your views via email to me (Contact Kamats) or in the Discussion Forum

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, September 1, 2006
Last Modified: 9/1/2006 8:17:19 PM

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