Thoughts and Impressions

Street Portraits of Working People: The Tailor

An elder Jewish tailor is working with his sewing machine.
A Jewish tailor working his sewing machine. 

I want to have more meaning in my photos. As I wrote recently, I want to think about what I want to do with my photography. And I had a thought, which was partly inspired by my portrait of Avraham Shein, a series I want to call “Portraits of the Streets”, which will include all kinds of different portraits. Part of this will be street portraits of working people, where I take a candid portrait, or whatever we should call it, of people engaged in their work.

Why? There are a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons for us to roam the streets is for us to get to or from work. Work is such a big part of our lives, that not referring to it in street photography, seems to be missing something essential.
Another is that the streets are full of people’s workplaces, all kind of shops, dining places, office windows, and so on. Working people are all around us at almost all times.

My first street portrait of working people is of a tailor, who was so into what he was doing, that he didn’t even notice me standing outside his shop observing him. I love his dedication and the fact that his doing something, which otherwise is about to be taken over by big production companies.

There was such and amazing story there, of the old tailor working in his shop, which he inherited from his father, fighting against the modern times and the machine produced clothing lines, insisting on keep on working the tradition of dressing people properly.

That is the story I read. What about you?

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