Around 4 pm in the afternoon these women were waiting for a van pickup back to their hometown after their work day ended. The difference in their reactions to me was astounding. Shot in La Isla shopping center on La Isla Dora.
In keeping with this week’s theme of patterns, I thought this flag picture could serve the theme and still allow me to pay homage to the American worker.
Now that I am retired, I think I have a deeper appreciation of those who labor. Of course I worked for a long time and still do creative work every day, but there is work and then there is labor. I have also done some labor in my time. I worked in a commercial bakery. I worked in supermarkets. I was a cab driver. I have done photography inside nuclear reactors, steel mills and paper mills. I understand what labor is and to all of you who labor…thanks and enjoy your day!
I truly feel sorry for people who are homeless or going without food in our society. I am also not naive and know there are some people,hopefully a small minority, who are not truly homeless and just beg because they can. In any case, if you are helpless and need to beg but some effort in to it. Treat begging and living on the street as your temporary job and create a better sign at least. And for god’s sake if you have to read on the job you can do better than James Patterson. You can see other photojournalist images and buy apparel and prints on my commercial site.