Friday, October 3, 2008

More Portraits: People at Work

An artisan in his shop (M6TTL, Summicron 50, Scala ISO 200) in Barcelona, 

A girl in her dad's photocopy shop (M6TTL, Summicron 90, some color film) in Bogotá, Colombia,

Women selling lottery tickets (M6TTL, Hexanon 35, Scala ISO 200) in San José, Costa Rica,

They're all working.  I felt a bit intrusive by breaking into their routine and stole two of the three shots above (the women kindly accepted to pose for the camera).  In a way, my meeting all of them constituted a kind of crossing of our paths, as I was working in that very moment.  Working, at least, in one thing I enjoy doing, which is taking photographs with my Leicas.  

Working people fascinate me... probably because while I "work" photographing them, I don't feel as if I were working myself.  However, I am, only not for a living, but to overcome my own limitations as a photographer and documentarian (I have never considered myself an artist).  In the end, I'd really like to document all possible occupations in the world.  I have a few, but, oddly enough, not mine.  However, one of these days I'll set up my own self-portrait at work, and post it here.  In the meanwhile, I have some more work to do.

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