Working Street Photographer

As in working for a living on the streets. Yes, the do exist. This gentleman is a perfect case in point.

I’ve seen him working the crowd on each Monday that I’ve attended the weekly Changing of the Guard ceremony in Quito’s central Plaza Grande, usually snapping images of out-of-towners who’ve come to hold a sign or banner in front of the Presidential Palace with the fleeting hope that President Rafael Correa or Vice President Jorge Glas will be allowed to see it from their palace balcony review stand. 4×6 (10x15cm) prints are made on the spot from the portable printer he lugs along and are then sold for a dollar.

I waited until we made eye contact to snap the photo. His immediate reaction was one of disapproval, which quickly turned to resignation given the ironies of the situation.

And for the record: Today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 477th straight, was snapped on 4-May-2015 in Quito, Ecuador.



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