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The man who waves the flashing stick; Ginza, Tokyo by Alfie Goodrich

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The man who waves the flashing stick; Ginza, Tokyo by 

Every construction site, every road-gang has these guys: the people who wave the flashing sticks, warning pedestrians and drivers that there is something going on. It’s the sort of job that old guys get when they’ve either retired and need a bit of pocket money, or when they’ve retired and the really need the money.

This fella was down at the bottom end of the Ginza in Tokyo, at about mid-night. He sort of looks like he isnt doing anything…. but that’s how these guys look most of the time.

Nikon D300
85mm f/1.4 AF D lens


  • Andrew Pollard
    Andrew Pollardabout 6 years ago

    Same kind of thing in Australia.. only with Stop/Slow lollipops and they get quite well-paid for some reason because in contrast what’s the Korean answer? A mannequin with a robotic arm haha

  • Alfie Goodrich
    Alfie Goodrichabout 6 years ago

    They have those robotic arm things here too…

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonabout 6 years ago

    we have guys in orange vest… no mannequins with robotic arms… but we do have big electric signs with lit arrows pointing to detour direction… i love this image alfie… wow~ the guy’s expression… i don’t think he liked you…

  • Alfie Goodrich
    Alfie Goodrichabout 6 years ago

    I would prefer to think that it was just late at night and he was either bored or tired, or both… :-)

    This shot on Flickr was his much more happy-to-be-photographed friend;

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonabout 6 years ago

    that was the same person? i saw that already… but i’m gonna go back and see him again… : )

  • midzing
    midzingabout 6 years ago

    fantastic shot,,, well done

  • goodluckserrano
    goodluckserranoabout 6 years ago

    i love the colours here! and his face

  • Alfie Goodrich
    Alfie Goodrichabout 6 years ago

    Yeah :-) Crazy colours from the arc lights and whatever else was going in. And yes…. what an expression. Guess being out at almost 1am and staring down the barrels of a five hour shift at that hour is enough to give you a face like that :-)

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    brilliant work,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Stephanie Jung
    Stephanie Jungover 4 years ago

    Great image, I absolutely LOVE your gallery!

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