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“When you get close, physically close, you cross a safety barrier that allows the photographed person to object to your presence or your photographing him. A lesson I learned a very long time ago as a 19-year-old, when Formula One driver Denny Hulme punched me in the face because he was concentrating before a race and my lens was 30 centimeters from his helmet. Luckily others don’t really care, or are too busy climbing a slippery pole during a festival. There is no rule; it is all about feeling where the boundary lies. When you get really close, you get the grunts and the smell as a bonus.”
PHOTO: Villagers try to climb a pole covered with grease at community festivities during the Sinhalese New Year celebrations. Gampola, Central Province, Sri Lanka. April 16, 2016.
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