as i do the photography for the tourism section of a local newspaper, i often have to get out on the streets for assignments. interviewing people or just providing the illustration for an article. there is this promotion going on for Paramaribo, the capitol of Suriname, “Paramaribo, the City of Smiles”. the thing is, how did they ever come up with it?
yes, we are pretty friendly around here, but mostly towards tourists (meaning, if you’re white, blonde, with blue eyes, and a wallet full of euros or dollars). but among each other. nah… forget it. while i was clicking away, i mostly got angry faces, mean looks, turn arounds AND arguments. i was threatened a few times, that i wasn’t allowed to photograph on the streets, that my camera would get smashed, a few guys even walked up towards me, like they were about to push the camera into my face. just intimidation. even after i told them, that if i don’t have their consent, i can’t do anything with the photo. most of them weren’t even in the composed shot! these few pics were the only ones i could use. 2 hours of work, in the tropical heat and burning sun.
“Out on the street”
thanks for the GSO at DST Maryse! *insert huge grin*