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Taking a Break by photosbytony

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Challenge Winner in “Your Country’s Best” 11/3/12

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A few moments before this he was making his way down the street with three crates of oranges on his head. He deserved the break. Central market, Mexico City, Mexico. Early 70’s

Nikkormat 35 mm lens, Tri-X film


  • Andrew Kalpage
    Andrew Kalpageover 3 years ago

    absolutely fantastic…love the perspective of this shot….

  • Thanks my friend! tony

    – photosbytony

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    3 crates on his head… His posture is very stable— legs positioned far apart, elbow on each. I imagine carrying so much weight on his head takes strong legs and good balance. Love the light on his face, arms and pant legs, and how you include a reference to his “job” in the foreground crates.

  • Thanks Fran, I have another image I posted showing another porter with three crates on his head, it looks impossible to me. The guy in this photo was just very athletic in every way even sitting. He had a kind of Cary Grant smoothness about him the way he moved, even the way his clothes fit him.
    Didn’t have Cary’s wardrobe but still…….. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 3 years ago

    Lovely bw work – love the look he is giving you and his cape. :)

  • Thank You Catherine and thanks for the favorite! tony

    – photosbytony

  • K8Karsten
    K8Karstenover 3 years ago

    I love these early 70’s images of yours…..great little cheeky smile from this guy!:)

  • Yeah he was cool! At the end of the day I ended up at a “Pulqueria” witth him and some other workers all Indians and had my first “Pulque” (Pulque, or octli, is a milk-colored, somewhat viscous alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant, and is a traditional native beverage of Mexico. The drink’s history extends far back into the Mesoamerican period, when it was considered sacred). I had two walked outside for some air and fell to my knees, I looked behind me and the door was filled with laughing workers. They picked me up got me something to eat and eventually sent me home.

    – photosbytony

  • Ken McColl
    Ken McCollover 3 years ago

    I love the way you have constructed this shot..the way this guy is framed within the frame is just magic.

  • Thank You Ken, it was a very photo friendly area. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 3 years ago

    Congratulations 4/02/11

  • Thanks Larry, proud to be featured! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Funnily enough, even though this is in Mexico, for me it calls to mind John Steinbeck. The ‘dustbowl’ days of The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Great depiction of the plight of the worker.

  • Thanks Damienne, I just loved Steinbeck as a teenager, well still do, read everything he wrote and definitely see the connection! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 3 years ago

    What a fantastic image….Love the light…

  • Thanks so much Laurie! tony

    – photosbytony

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    April 10, 2011

  • Wow!! Thank You Teresa!! Honored! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Sherrie Chavez
    Sherrie Chavezover 3 years ago

    Awesome lighting and DOF Tony! :))

  • Thanks Sherrie! How have you been? Just got back from visiting my grandson Max in Napa. Three weeks old now. Still haven’t won the lottery though! :) tony

    – photosbytony

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