The Woman with The Pipe

I don’t know how I feel about the woman with the pipe. I’m not sure if I prostituted myself or not; paying to satisfy an urge. But then don’t many transactions boil down to simply paying for something you want?

The Woman with the pipe, Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

This is the ethical dilemma I mulled over. I wanted the classic Mindelo shot of an old woman smoking a pipe and she wanted a couple of coins. No harm done, except to fuel a potential notion that all you have to do to get money out of tourists is to sit and smoke a pipe.

It doesn’t encourage ‘real’ work. On the other hand, she’s an old dame. I’m hardly encouraging a life away from tending crops in the fields.

I tell myself it’s no different from throwing a couple of coins in a busker’s hat. She’s street theatre.

I tell myself.

But there’s still a niggle of doubt.

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