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Barcelona: Lottery Tickets Seller
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I was not aware that the Spanish National Lottery employs mainly disabled persons to sell the tickets from these small glass booths, which are dotted all along the Ramblas.
On noticing the small grill on these booths, and the stamps stuck all over, I thought that they might make an interesting composition. So I approaced the next one, but had to wait for quite a while while the occupant was on her mobile phone. Only on finally getting to go up and ask her for permission did I notice Cristina's disability. Neither of us could understand a word of the other's language, but she was really sweet and quite agreeable to be photographed, as long as I emailed some images back to her. That was about as much as I (or her) understood. On this photograph she is hiding her hands, which are also affected by her disability.
By chance I came across her again later that day, when she was having something to eat in a side street. She waved me in, and I took some more pictures. Only then did the propietor of the eatery explain to me how the lottery program's employment scheme functions.
Unfortunately, my inability to speak Spanish prevented me from learning more about the life of Cristina.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17 - 55mm, f2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Barcelona: Cristina: Lottery Tickets Seller
Username:andreduplessis andreduplessis
Uploaded:22 Nov 2008 - 9:43 PM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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fatherpie
fatherpie  6 England12 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2008 - 10:19 PM

Fabulous portrait and a fascinating story too.
Dave

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alansdottir
23 Nov 2008 - 12:04 AM

I thought it was a building on the thumbnail - now I feel humbled.

The image becomes more wonderful with the addition of the story - thank you for telling us this.

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andreduplessis
23 Nov 2008 - 12:21 AM

Thanks and it is a pleasure. I have to admit I myself felf a bit humbled by my ignorance. However, I am glad that I photographed her, for I really believe that she enjoyed the unexpected visit, and her email back (obviously written in English by someone on her behalf) supports that notion.

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NevP
NevP  8853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2008 - 12:54 AM

Delighted to give you another of these. Wonderful. Pure and simple.

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ARJones
ARJones  7103 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2008 - 1:02 AM

Andre,

Another winning shot - I have one similar of a downtown Kingston, Jamaica shopkeeper - it does not have the same moving story but it is a similar type of shot - when I get a chance I'll upload- work keeping me busy right now.

Regards

Andy

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andreduplessis
23 Nov 2008 - 1:39 AM

Thanks Neville and Andy. I was not so how this will be received, but now I'm glad that I uploaded. Andy, remember all work and no play makes....
Neville, your latest upload has gone straight into my shortlist, and I for one won't be surprised if it collects some mention before too long. Regards, Andre

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User_Removed
23 Nov 2008 - 9:36 AM

What a grteat photo. You are rapidly becoming my new favoroute when it comes to B&W street photography. Great.

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SlowSong e2 Member 54239 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2008 - 11:42 AM

Great - a frame within a frame. beautifully constructed.
Chris

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andreduplessis
23 Nov 2008 - 6:15 PM

Thanks Chris, and Bert - that coming from you can only be motivational for me.

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2008 - 9:49 PM

A great story Andre and it shows that it pays to be patient!
I love the way the grill frames her face.
Tony

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peg  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2008 - 7:26 PM

You know, Andre, that you treatment of your subject in the image makes up for the fact that you don't more about Cristina: the charming (and humane) treatment of the photo amply supplies the missing details.

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shaks
shaks  11561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2008 - 12:17 PM

A super image.

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2008 - 9:10 PM

Wonderful!

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