Laundry.

The Dry Cleaners is just a few steps from the front door of our apartment block. They clean absolutely anything and it's all ready within a couple of days. The daily electricity outages (3 hours on a schedule of 3-6pm, noon-3pm, 9am- noon, 6-9am ) really interferes with their work as they do not have their own generator.
Wonderful shot Ruth! Suits the b&w so well.
posted June 13th, 2012  
This man is definitely well integrated with his work. Could be a photo for union organizing. Nice documentary photo Ruth.
posted June 13th, 2012  
This shot is so perfect it needs no narrative. The photo does all the talking.
posted June 13th, 2012  
@cromwell I should shut up then!!!!! Thanks Crom!
posted June 13th, 2012  
brilliant shot. looks like he could teach me a thing or two about ironing!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Fabulous shot...down to the muscles on his right arm. B and w is oerfect
posted June 13th, 2012  
Perfect
posted June 13th, 2012  
Great capture. I dont think I want to iron for a living!
posted June 13th, 2012  
WOW, our laundry has our clothes back really quickly, never even the next day, usually like 4 or 5 hours. Cool shot, I wonder how he keeps his mind busy.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Great portrait of working man
posted June 13th, 2012  
Really like this shot Ruth.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Great shot. He must know you, since he posed so amicable for you. Sorry for the electricity problem; it's so inconvenient.
posted June 13th, 2012  
I really love this shot. Favd
posted June 13th, 2012  
lovely framing and composition, great street candid
posted June 13th, 2012  
Wonderful Portrait! Like the B&W and composition!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Great portrait! The b&w is perfect!
posted June 13th, 2012  
wow....this is quite wonderful shot....Laundry.....everywhere....but he is very busy Ruth!!!!!!!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Fab portrait... really great surroundings.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Certainly a great shot for Band W. Not a big fan of ironing but he looks like he knows what he is doing.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Excellent shot Ruth. The outages must be difficult to live with.
posted June 13th, 2012  
I love that you caught the movement of his ironing. He's really in his element. Thank you for the backstory too.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Work in progress. very nice capture - he sure looks busy..so how am I to understand the daily 3 hour electricity outage? does he know each day when it's going to be? that really cuts into his working day..
posted June 13th, 2012  
Cool capture.
posted June 13th, 2012  
So inconvenient for them trying to run a business! Fascinating shot, he looks really busy & what a great place to have on your doorstep, I would be in every week! I love all that washing draped all round!
posted June 13th, 2012  
That's a great people shot. He looks happy to pose. The laundry hanging everywhere is mind boggling, as is the electricity supply, I don't know how he manages. B/w is good here.
posted June 13th, 2012  
@bruni I note it in my diary every day!!!! the fact that they work backwards is very annoying to me!!! You get used to it! and 3 hours is just about within the OK limits for fridge and freezer. Many people have generators but you have to have your own or "membership" of a local one....basically you end up with 2 bills....or you suffer. Outside Beirut some areas are on a 6 hours on 6 hours off plan which would be way toooo much for me!
posted June 13th, 2012  
bep
Another wonderful people shot.
posted June 13th, 2012  
What a great portrait in an amazing setting!! Well done!!
posted June 13th, 2012  
I'd heard about the outages - really annoying but at least if you know when they're going to be you can to some extent plan around it. The man in the photo looks very philosophical!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Brilliant image, Ruth. The B&W is excellent here.
posted June 13th, 2012  
@cromwell I'll let both the photo and Cromwell do my talking for me Ruth :)
posted June 13th, 2012  
@bluefirebucket @cromwell Sounds like a smart plan to me!!!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Love your use of black and white here. Give it a work place feel!
posted June 13th, 2012  
This is just fantastic!!! A fav for sure.
posted June 13th, 2012  
6 hours would be way too much time without it. and here we're complaining that we have difference rates during the day. you pay the least from 7 pm to 7 am..that's when I turn my diswasher on at 7 pm and also my laundry machine..then from 7- 11 am you start paying little more and the most you pay is from 11 am to 7 pm airconditioning time...oh well better that way than paying the highest rate all day and night...
posted June 13th, 2012  
Great capture. And, we take power for granted.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Wonderful picture Ruth, wonderful!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Wow what a fabulous shot! Oh my I can't imagine living in conditions with such LONG outtages on a regular daily basis! I get very upset when I don't have electrical services for 2 hours once in a great while since that is potential money lost for my business
posted June 13th, 2012  
I really like his expression ... and the fact that he's ironing by hand. Gets across how hard he must work.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Everything beachradish said and then the tags hanging... very interesting, lots to see
posted June 13th, 2012  
nice shot
posted June 13th, 2012  
Great choice of making this b/w and composition Ruth!! This really gives the feel of the dry cleaning business and the volume of their daily business!!
posted June 13th, 2012  
love your use of b&w here!
posted June 13th, 2012  
eva
Fantastic capture! Love it! A fav.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Oh this is just wonderful!.....What a character!! FAV : )
posted June 13th, 2012  
Fav!! Love this shop! One day it will be a historical record!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Great candid Ruth, love the framing of the clothes and the chap is just full of character. Works really well in B and W too!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Perfect capture. I love that there is laundry hung all around this man. It works very well in black and white.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Fabulous capture. His look is so open and inclusive, just want to walk in for a talk
posted June 13th, 2012  
Stunning shot,Ruth! You have such a fantastic vision for your shots! they are always executed so well!
posted June 13th, 2012  
Perfect street shot Ruth. Fav.
posted June 13th, 2012  
Excellent shot. So much detail & it really tells a story. My fav bit is the slight motion blur on the iron as he keeps working whilst you take his pic. :)
posted June 13th, 2012  
This photo really is mesmerising, a perfect capture of a character and his job. Love it
posted June 14th, 2012  
A great capture of industry! How lucky we are.
posted June 14th, 2012  
GReat shot, love the insiders look in this man livelyhood.
posted June 14th, 2012  
I love this! fantastic shot...candid, but not...just right!
posted June 14th, 2012  
fav
posted June 14th, 2012  
They must certainly work hard to keep up with all that work under such conditions. Great shot of this man hard at work.
posted June 14th, 2012  
Very nice B&W.
posted June 14th, 2012  
Great candid shot! Love that he is looking at you whilst still doing his job.
posted June 14th, 2012  
I love seeing shots like this to compare one culture to another
posted June 14th, 2012  
Nice catch. This is hard work, and throw in the outages.
posted June 14th, 2012  
what a lovely environment portrait! great processing too Ruth
posted June 14th, 2012  
Great shot :)
posted June 14th, 2012  
what a shot! his expression is great. love the b and w also
posted June 14th, 2012  
Wonderful shot. Sounds rather frustrating with the electricity!
posted June 14th, 2012  
Beautiful candid shot in B&W! Love your composition, and the moment you've captured!
posted June 14th, 2012  
Great picture. Very well composed.
posted June 14th, 2012  
Great shot, great personality captured:)
posted June 14th, 2012  
real cool and powerful photo and I love the composition in B&W.

fave! :D
posted June 14th, 2012  
Very nice depiction of life...I love this.
posted June 14th, 2012  
This is really a wonderful black and white! Nicely composed, too!
posted June 14th, 2012  
wow, very powerful photo. Fave.
posted June 14th, 2012  
Congrats on PP Ruth!
posted June 14th, 2012  
Not a surprise it has hit the PP,Ruth! congratulations!
posted June 14th, 2012  
Wind turbine? Solar panels? That isn't fair they can't do their work and make their living. This is such a striking shot.
posted June 15th, 2012  
Congratulations on PP Ruth! Well deserved :D
posted June 15th, 2012  
Wonderful shot! Does tell a great story but enjoy your additions to the story line.
posted June 15th, 2012  
Like it! Reminds me of the Levant.
posted June 15th, 2012  
this photo is on Home page Ruth!!!!!!!!!!!nice to see...congratulations....
posted June 15th, 2012  
Great shot Ruth
posted June 15th, 2012  
@pawar_ramesh Thanks Ramesh!!!!!! I never log out so I never see it....will do so now...! :)
posted June 15th, 2012  
Kim
These kinds of photos totally make my day! I love a great B&W portrait that tells a story. Nicely done!!!
posted June 15th, 2012  
Beautiful ``working class hero``pic.
posted June 15th, 2012  
Superb shot and story. Thanks for sharing.
posted June 15th, 2012  
Fabulous shot Ruth! You have captured a character going about his business wonderfully and your choice of what to include int he shot really tells the story. Fav!
posted June 15th, 2012  
Great capture of both the worker and his surroundings. Wow I think we take having electricity 24/7 for granted here in North America.
posted June 16th, 2012  
Wow!! Such a dated looking picture!! Love the b/w and of course the clarity!
posted June 17th, 2012  
I really love this picture. An anytime shot. Fav. It's interesting the idea of constant, regular power outages. Shows me what I take for granted here in New Zealand.
posted June 19th, 2012  
Just taken a browse through many of your pics and the stories they tell are wonderful! Follow for sure! (I live in the US now but was born in Newport, South Wales)
posted July 11th, 2012  
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