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This photograph of a fisherman derigging his oruva boat (a type of outrigger canoe with sail) as a tourist strolls by, just before sunset on the beach at Ethukala, north of Negombo, is my favourite Sri Lanka picture.

A few seconds after taking this photograph, the fisherman noticed that I was photographing his boat, and ran towards me demanding money for the picture. That constantly happens in Sri Lanka. It gets annoying after a while. Sri Lanka is trying to revitalise its tourism industry after its civil war, but this type of attitude towards tourists is what turns people away.

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