Shoe Repairman In Glodok

Shoe repairman in the Glodok district

The shoe repairman perching against the wall in the alley was just fixing a pair of sandals.

Shot at Glodok district in Jakarta, Indonesia.

As I walked down the alley, I saw an older man in a hat perched against a wall. Walking around the towns in Southeast Asia, there are many people sitting on the side of the road without meaning to, so I thought this person was one of them, but it wasn't. The man silently threaded the needle through the sandals he had placed on his lap. The man was a shoe repairman working on the side of the road.

He noticed me stopping in front of him. He stopped his hand for a moment and glanced up. But there wasn't anything particularly interesting about it, so he went right back to work. I understand that the job was more important than dealing with a foreigner who doesn't understand anyone or anywhere.

The fact that the custom of repairing these broken sandals and putting them back on is still alive and well does not end with the clean and righteous story of Indonesian people taking care of things. It shows that buying a new one will cost a lot more than having a person do the repair work. In other words, there is still room for such a business because human wages are low. Indonesia's nominal GDP per capita in 2017 was US$3,876, ranking 115th in the world. It certainly is not high.

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PHOTO DATA

No

11554

Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 5, 2020

Place

Jakarta, Indonesia

Genre

Portrait Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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