Locals gettin’ paid

If you kicked around Pahar Ganj long enough, you probably came across this guy.

They say money can’t buy you happiness (which is total bullshit), but it can definitely buy you a photo session with a homeless model in India.
One of the hidden truths about Travel Photography is that all those great shots of locals you see, didn’t come for free.
Some of the greatest shots in guidebooks and calendars all came at a price.
The cover of LP’s ‘Cuba‘ is a classic example, that aged Che Guevara-alike, smoking the cigar, there’s no waaay he would let you take his photo for free.
Model’s don’t just live on the catwalk, they’re living under sheets of cardboard near your local freeway overpass.

Camera: Hasselblad 500 CM
Film: Kodak ProImage 100 (expired 2003)
Location: Pahar Ganj, Delhi – India.
Photoshop: Black Point/Density Correction.

I shot a roll off with this guy, I’m a little bumbed because they’re all a tad underexposed, could’ve been been my meter causing havoc, could’ve been the labs chemicals, could’ve been the shitty film.
I probably brought the poor guy breakfast lunch and dinner for a week.

6 Responses to “Locals gettin’ paid”

  1. 1 feliciaheykoop February 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    this really made me think. Thanks for your work. I love the journey.

  2. 2 devinder February 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    buying him food for a week was great, you wiil be rewarded sometime for your kindness—-

  3. 3 routinebitinghard February 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    ‘why would you wanna share winning’

  4. 4 karelprokes February 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

    nice around here.. I also travelled around ukraine and plan to go to siberia next year. like your photos.

    check out my photos at laboartory.wordpress.com


  5. 5 Savaari November 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I am surprised to know this big fact of photography. Really amazing.

  6. 6 Nela March 30, 2012 at 5:52 am

    your blog just got about 200 clicks just from me today. it’s awesome.

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