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As a photographer, there may come a time when you’re handed a request that may seem out of the ordinary. That may have been the case for one photographer who just managed to get all foreign weddings at a popular Greek wedding destination banned.
A photograph recently emerged of a couple at a famous chapel on the Greek island of Rhodes which portrayed the two performing a sex act – something that is certainly frowned upon by the church. While the sex act was merely a simulated one, the result of the image could possibly lead to hundreds of other couples having their wedding plans canceled.
"We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites," community leader Giorgos Eleftheriou told The Times: "We cannot allow this disgusting behavior to prevail."
The couple portrayed in the photograph, who may now be facing legal repercussions, later expressed that they hadn’t intended for such a backlash, adding that they figured the simulated act would be good for a laugh.
The image may have been inspired by the work of a professional photographer who is responsible for a similar image that recently went viral. According to online sources, he says he’s already had three requests from couples asking to take a similar picture. While the photographer ultimately could have advised against the rather immature pose, there is a good chance that he’ll gain more attention for this one image than he’d have received otherwise.
What do you think? How would you feel as the person who took this picture, knowing your photograph could have ruined the wedding plans of many others? Is this all just tasteless tomfoolery, or a brilliant marketing plan?
EDIT: Weddings have not been banned on the entire island of Rhodes, but rather on the monastery property which the image was taken.