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Barcelona: Cristina: Lottery Tickets Seller

By andreduplessis
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.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

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fatherpie 9 18 12 England
22 Nov 2008 10:19PM
Fabulous portrait and a fascinating story too.

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alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2008 12:04AM
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.
23 Nov 2008 12:21AM
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.
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
23 Nov 2008 12:54AM
Delighted to give you another of these. Wonderful. Pure and simple.
ARJones 11 103 3 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2008 1:02AM

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.


23 Nov 2008 1:39AM
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
User_Removed 12 7 8 Netherlands
23 Nov 2008 9:36AM
What a grteat photo. You are rapidly becoming my new favoroute when it comes to B&W street photography. Great.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
23 Nov 2008 11:42AM
Great - a frame within a frame. beautifully constructed.
23 Nov 2008 6:15PM
Thanks Chris, and Bert - that coming from you can only be motivational for me.
tony64 14 204 9 England
23 Nov 2008 9:49PM
A great story Andre and it shows that it pays to be patient!
I love the way the grill frames her face.
peg 11 1 1 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2008 7:26PM
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.
jenquest 15 561 1 Tokelau
25 Nov 2008 12:17PM
A super image.
Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
1 Dec 2008 9:10PM

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