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.
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