People @ work

This was the first assignment. The basic idea was to take single, self-explaining, pictures of people at work: Find interesting jobs, contacting the people, gaining access, and shot. Which seems easy but is not. I didn’t knew much about London as I was just arrived and I wanted to find some supercool jobs like the workers on the Schard a new skyscraper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shard_on_Dec-9-11.jpg) but it takes times to have all the permissions, so goodbye Marc Ribaud picture of the painter on Eiffel tower… We have to use the camera all in manual, black and white, 400 iso and to use fix lenses, so that we are forced to move around the scene. Moreover we are not allowed to say that we are doing our assignment for the photography school, people would be too kind with us …

Day after day I was lowering my expectations but at the end I had a good time with a tailor in Savile Raw. This actually was a plan B, the original plan was the model of Abercrombie & Fitch, the guy who has to stand and pose and to be touched by order of teenagers. I never entered before in that store, it is like to be in a Club and they sell you crap clothes for a lot of pounds. Well, when I asked the model he called the chief of the shop and she explained that is against their policy to take picture of the model working, I can touch him and take a picture while doing it but I am not supposed to stay there for one hour taking picture of him. Anyhow it would have been difficult at 400 iso …

For the second job I had to opt for a guy from Morocco who is the owner of a little bar in Pimlico, he does all the cake by himself and it has a nice little bar. Unfortunately the day we fixed there were not many clients so it was quite hard to take pictures of him cleaning the place … Anyway it is harder to take nice picture of a common job than a strange one…

The third job found me. I was just walking around little venice to find somebody working on one of the boathouse in the channels. Nothing. On the way back I was stopped outside a shop to sign a petition because they are right on the way of the new Crossrail and they want to demolish their 30 years old shop and factory (by the way here is the online petition: http://www.bigtable.co.uk/updates.htm). Did I wrote factory? As soon as I knew they were building there their mattresses and beds I ask them if I could take few pictures and they told me to come back the next day. I spent one hour with the mongolian guy who makes their mattresses. He lives in london since ten years and he likes his job especially when they have to deliver beds, he told me that once he went to an house and outside it was written “please don’t leave any garbage”. It was quite strange because inside the house it was full of garbage everywhere, piled up to the ceiling, because the guy was not able to throw away anything (which is a compulsive disorder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_hoarding).

Here are few more picture of Bigtable:

A little pause during work …

The mattress factory which is expected to be demolished at the beginning of february to allow the construction of the London Crossrail.

The actual shop, the mattress factory is being transferred in its basement.

 It is quite difficult to fit everything in the basement of the shop but for the moment is the only solution.

 

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