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September 2013    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 28, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Bikini Protest

from the September, 2013 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

The Offensive Photo"I was on a palm-fringed island in the Maldives when I saw two girls, both instructors with the dive centre at Vilamendhoo, coming in from the beach and looking happy in their bikinis. One, Leila, was Swiss and married to a Maldivian, while the other, Sylvita, was Spanish and partnered with an Austrian.

"I asked them to go back and recreate the moment, and photographed them for the cover of Diver magazine's Travel Guide. They were happy to oblige, and I grabbed a few images of them acting it out again. It took only a few minutes to do, but it seemed to me to encapsulate what a tropical island holiday was all about.

"The trouble started when I innocently posted one of the pictures I'd shot at the Facebook page of a closed group of photographers that I was a member of . . ."

To find out what uproar long-time Undercurrent contributor John Bantin caused, keep reading his latest blog post at www. undercurrent.org/blog/2013/08/29/bikini-protest

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