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?
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.