Sep 26, 2006
One of the most fascinating sights I saw in Prague was the homeless beggars. It was the way in which they begged that is so wild. It seemed like a begging technique from a thousand years ago. They knelt on the ground with their butt sticking up in the air behind them. They then placed their forehead squarely on the ground in front. You could never see their faces. They have their hands outstretched in front of them as far as possible. Both hands are cupped together in a very religious manner. They never move a muscle. The whole thing is so theatrical and also quite moving. I was spellbound each time I saw someone doing it. I told Yun I wanted to take a photo or ask one of them if they wouldn't mind if I drew them. Yun was appalled and said I shouldn't exploit them. I was confused. I didn't know what to do, so in the end I just left them alone. But the images of them has stuck with greatly.