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Pilgrim Papparazzi: No fotografia por favor

Written by Stuart Wickes

Pilgrim Papparazzi

Stuart Profile SmallI’ve come to recognise the signs from 100m or more. First the subtle glance over the shoulder, then a concealed reach down into rucksack or bumbag, then a slow draw, quick turn and shoot. At first it was flattering, then it got irritating, now it happens so often it’s really annoying.

You could ask first

It’s not that we mind having our photo taken but more that no-one thinks to ask if we might. It’s as if they think they have some right to snap us like some kind of exhibit. They snap away at close range without a smile, a ‘foto por favor’ or any kind of non-verbal check to see if it is OK.

No fotografia por favor

The kids noticed it too, so much so they made a game of trying to spot snappers so we can dodge them or loiter out of range. They even made some ‘no fotografia’ posters to discourage wanton snapping.

No Fotografia

No Fotografia

Stolen a thousand times

If, as some cultures believe, a photo can steal your soul then we have had our stolen a thousand times over on a journey that is supposed to help save them.

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About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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