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    Posted December 4, 2012 by
    Thekkady, Kerala, India
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    Language is No Barrier

    In his book Spirit of Place, Bob Krist quotes photojournalist Jim Richardson: “A traveler seeks engagement with the local people and culture while the sightseer just clicks off sights in a guidebook, a ‘been there, done that’ mentality. A sightseeing photographer stands apart from the culture, and ‘steals’ pictures from a distance, while a travel photographer becomes involved with the people so the resulting pictures become more intimate.”

    During a two week tour of Southern India we were typically insulated from the local people in a tour bus and hotels or restaurants catering to tourists. But occasionally, we had a few minutes on our own, and in this case, my wife wanted to meet these ladies waiting for a bus.

    There was a language barrier, of course. But as Bob Krist has also said, "When you say 'Madam, you have a beautiful child' ... in any language ... the mother will understand." So true.
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