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In a side street near the Witch’s Market in La Paz, Bolivia, this man sat gazing down at his hands and feet, hat pulled down over his face, as though mulling through important choices he had to make.

Canon EOS 1DS Mark III
1/1,600 sec
ISO 400
focal length 237 mm
28-300 mm glass
hand held

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist”
Oscar Wilde

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  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton6 months ago

    Phil, I would conclude this man is a shoe shiner. Consider there is a second canvas back chair, for his customer, next to the covered shoe shine box which in turn is covered to keep the waxes from melting in the heat of the day! A logical assumption, IMO. What think, Phil? By the shadow, it appears to be about 10:45 am. or 1:15 pm.

  • pete
    I agree that this was his gig…the wonder of it all, though, was he was on what appeared to be a totally deserted alleyway vs 100 ’ away was a rather busy merchant street…

    – phil decocco

  • Keala
    Keala6 months ago

    Lovely shot Phil!

  • keala
    thanks for your note and banner

    – phil decocco

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryan6 months ago

    As the old saying goes, sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits. Wonderful slice-of-life capture, Phil!

  • monnie
    who knows! he surely was sitting and thinking, it seemed…

    – phil decocco

  • WeeZie
    WeeZie6 months ago

    Great capture, Phil!!

  • WeeZie
    thanks, glad you enjoyed this one

    – phil decocco

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesen6 months ago

    Wow…this image oozes emotion, Phil. I wonder if he is merely tired or deeply troubled. This is a real thinking man’s image….beautifully done!

  • karen
    thanks for the kind words on this image. It was a very quiet little side alley, so he had it pretty much all to himself…

    – phil decocco

  • John Velocci
    John Velocci6 months ago

  • thanks john..

    – phil decocco

  • lynn carter
    lynn carter6 months ago

    nice shot xx

  • lynn
    many thanks, my friend

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton6 months ago

    Perhaps the fellow was shunned for being a nuisance and detriment to their businesses? ?? :-)

  • pete
    from his position relative to the action, one might conclude such….

    – phil decocco

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodman5 months ago

    I love this … I love anything that tells a story♥

  • thanks bev, one can weave most any story line to fit this one…..

    – phil decocco

  • Georgia Mizuleva
    Georgia Mizuleva5 months ago


  • georgia
    quite a scene to come upon this corner filled with these tables of bread!

    – phil decocco

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