Working around the Neighborhood

As the news grinds on and on about the “Global Financial” crisis, and other sundry “Sky is Falling” warnings, today I decided to walk around my neighborhood to capture everyday people just working, and found that more often than not, it’s business as usual.

This gentleman’s name is MacClinton. I talked with him for a few minutes, and inquired whether he liked his work. Indeed, he’s been directing traffic for a few years. I didn’t want to take too much of his time because he was literally in the midst of decreasing the gridlock Los Angeles often suffers from.

Next, I came upon a construction crew about to finish their day of working. As you can see by their long sleeves, today wasn’t too hot, but I’m sure when summer rolls around, they’ll be wearing T-shirts. (See, we do have chilly weather here, even in LA.)

I’m not sure what this gentleman is looking for; maybe he dropped his hammer. If he did, he has a long climb down because he’s working on the fifth floor.

Working across the street from a local elementary school, this gentleman sells his snacks. On this particular day, this customer purchased an ear of grilled corn which looked very tasty. Plus, who can resist mango on a stick?

I’m glad that’s not me, because I wouldn’t want to carry this washer and dryer unit up any stairs. It might be strapped to that dolly, but that doesn’t mean it won’t tip over.

This gentleman was sitting outside the local senior center. I think he was a door monitor.  As soon as he saw me, he told me about a photographer he knew who had recently passed away.  He had great respect for her and her craft. I asked her name, but he couldn’t remember it.  He loved sitting at his post while I took his picture.

Sometimes the dichotomy between what we hear and what we know, is often the case,  especially as we explore and are Travelin’ Local through our neighborhoods to find that many people are striving to always make our lives just a little bit better.

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9 comments so far

  1. Diane C.

    I love how you captured ordinary people doing their jobs. Each image is priceless. It looks like business as usual around here too, contrary to what the TV news has been saying.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Sliding into Summer


  2. Lara

    Now I’m jonesing for an ear of grilled corn. And mango. And a big navel orange. And all the things that I can get here but just aren’t quite the same as they were in LA.

    Lara’s last blog post..Caboose


  3. David

    Very creative. Life does go on. Nice presentation and I thought that the photo of the construction worker was very artistic.


  4. LisaNewton

    @ Diane C. Thank you. I don’t take pictures of people often enough, but I think after this wonderful experience, I will be doing it more often.

    @ Lara I’m happy I could bring back a few foody memories………..:) I’m sure Nashville has its favorites, too.

    @ David Thank you. Yes, life does go on, and very well for some people.


  5. Tess The Bold Life

    What a creative thing to do, pics of ordinary people. The ones we seem to forget about and never appreciate until we need them.

    I’m not sure how I would eat un unpeeled mango on a stick?!?

    Tess The Bold Life’s last blog post..Bold Changes for Bold People


  6. Lisa's Chaos

    I really liked this series! Just people, being people. :)


  7. LisaNewton

    @ Tess I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures, and I agree. Too many people touch our lives everyday, most we just take for granted. I’m making an effort not to do this…………….:)

    BTW, I have no idea how it’s eaten. I haven’t had one yet. :(

    @ Lisa’s Chaos I loved shooting this series as well. Talking to the people I’m shooting is kind of new to me, and I was surprised once I started talking, it came very easy.


  8. Henie


    Another great narrative!

    “By any measure, no one’s life is so ordinary to not warrant as much as a glimpse!” ~Henie~ :~)

    Henie’s last blog post..Life Is Like A Door


  9. LisaNewton

    @ Henie I was amazed at how many people I discovered just by walking a little bit. Thank you for your thoughts……………:)


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