Daily Inspiration: Workers.
We had a tragic train derailment just outside Toronto a few days ago where three engineers lost their lives. It got me thinking about how the “workers” that keep our cities going are often under-appreciated, even though they sometimes risk their lives.
Over the years, I’ve photographed the occasional city “worker”, and I’ve always found them to be generous in spirit and good sports for the camera. Interestingly, these qualities always come through in the photographs and make for interesting portraiture.
So, with that in mind, the following photographs are dedicated to the men and women who work hard to make our city safe and orderly, and especially to those who have lost their lives while on duty. If any of your website viewers want to share their own photos, that would be greatly appreciated.
Peter | Prosophos.
Superb! Thanks for sharing
ps the fireman’s snap is extra awesome
Having grown up in Toronto and now living in Europe you have made me remember my times in To. Great photos!
Some pics are a bit too much out of focus for me. Are they shot wide open? Seen some better ones on your blog, though.
Your already very nice pictures get even more meaning in the context that you’ve placed them in. A really sympathetic tribute to the civil servant.
Superb photographs as always Peter. I always enjoy looking at your excellent work, the connection you make with your subject always shines through and makes me want to get out and strive to take better shots. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you cidereye! I’ve always noted and appreciated your kind words…
Wow,… these pictures are telling me stories! My favorite photo is the 6th Picture of “Mike”, I assumed it’s his name as printed on his hardhat
Some really great shots here Peter….you really have a knack for capturing the Working Man. Thoughtful collection, look forward to seeing more of your work.
Thank you Clint!
Great photos. I love how your subjects respond to you/your camera. That’s a special gift. Keep ‘me coming!
Thanks Craig! I don’t always get that response, believe me, but the “workers” are generally more giving in that way…
I can’t share any photographs with you, but I can certainly share with your sentiments regarding the undervalued city “workers” who keep our cities running.
They should get the big bonuses, and not the greedy investment bankers.
Great street portraits – your appreciation of the work they do shines through in your photographs.
Thank you kindly Andrew!
Those images look like Leica glass
Yes, it’s true.
great job peter !
Thank you boris!
Good composition and good storytelling. I am guessing from the color and depth of field that 2,3, and 4, at least were taken with a full frame Leica.
Thank you Dave! You’re correct and, in fact, these were all shot with a Leica M9 + various lenses.
I follow Peter’s blog every day and can really recommend doing that. My favorite is ‘Mike’ with the razor sharpness and great microcontrast.
Luta, I am so honoured you follow the site! Thank you also for your kind comments…
I love these.
Thank you Mallory!
Excellent work! Your use of the horizontal format really places the subject well within the environment, and your composition is very nicely done. I like it.
Thank you John!
Many nice shoots.
Thank you Anders.
Well done Peter – wonderful images that capture exactly what you’re talking about. This is what can be done with the power of great photography when it is aligned with the heart.
Thank you Jon, I really appreciate that!
Nice series, has given me some ideas and inspiration! Nice!
Thank you Ibraar! We all inspire each other…
Your work always inspires me!
Very kind of you to write George, thank you!
Beautiful work, great portraits.
Thank you Edwin!
Nicely done Peter……your images convey warmth and caring.
Bruce from BC
Hey Bruce, a fellow Canadian! Thank you so much…
very nice photos!!!
Thank you xuaxing!
These are beautiful
Thank you Richie!