Working Street Photographer, Revisited

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

I posted this two years ago today from Quito, Ecuador, but thought I’d bring it forward since many of you probably never crossed paths with this image of a man whose story I want to share.

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

Entirely unrelated: here’s my packing soundtrack, the beautiful voice of Fatoumata Diawara, that’ helping to prep me for that wake up call that’s going to ring in three hours. Enjoy.

 

And for the record: Today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 477th and 1,218th straight, was snapped on 4-May-2015 in Quito, Ecuador.

 

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  1. paula graham says

    Marvellous story, the irony of it all!

    1. Bob R says

      I couldn’t pass it up. 🙂

  2. Mick Canning says

    I like to think I’d smile in that situation, but I suspect I’d frown. Then probably laugh.

    1. Bob R says

      More or less his reaction, too.

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