Photographer's Note

I have put this in the ‘humorous’ category, but the humour is actually in the story that goes with this photograph.

I was checking in for a flight at Berlin’s Tegel airport and as I was pushing my luggage trolley towards the check-in desks I noticed many of these large-as-life advertising posters for Basiq Air hanging from the roof. Then I noticed a Muslim man walking towards me, accompanied by his wife in a black abaya and two small boys. He suddenly stopped and looked up at one of the posters. His expression froze for a moment, and then he shook his head in disbelief and hurried his children along trying to cover the eyes of the eldest boy with one hand, almost tripping over the suitcase he was pulling with the other hand. I guess he wasn’t used to seeing pictures of naked women in an embrace hanging around the airports in the country where he came from (I would think from his wife’s dress they were from either Saudi Arabia or one of the other Gulf states). It would have been great to get a shot of his expression looking at the poster, but that was just about an impossible POV. I should add that his wife didn’t seem at all fazed by the advertising though!

It makes you wonder what people from very conservative countries who travel to very liberal countries think when they see advertising like this – which of course would never be permitted in their own countries and possibly which they had never seen before in their lives. I suppose this is what you call culture shock. (Actually I have to confess I was a little taken aback myself when I saw these posters. Having lived in a Muslim country for the past eight years, these days I am not used to seeing so much ‘flesh’ on advertising posters).

By the way, there is a little bit of humour in the advertising poster too. According to a German friend of mine (thanks Reiner) ‘Erleben’ means 'to experience' and the ‘Er’ is substituted with 'Air' (the English word) so that roughly translated it means: ‘Airperience Holland Now - For a cuddle-price to Rotterdam – 46 Euros web tariff one way per person including taxes and fees’.

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