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Shoe Making in the DR Congo

Here is another potential image for my upcoming exhibition. In a tiny, dirt floored wooden hut in Bukavu, Congo, this man was working with his son to make shoes. He would sew the leather that his son had expertly hand cut before assembling the finished product to be sold in the tiny store along the bustling street outside. I couldn’t communicate with him at all, but was able to catch the one moment when he looked up from his work. His face shows such power, humility, dignity and wisdom and creates a captivating image.
I love the earthy warm tones in the image, from his skin and clothing to the table and walls of his room. It brings memories of this time flooding back to me whenever I look at it.

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