I have been intending to photograph shoeshine guys for a long time. In Missouri, where I come from, we don’t really have shoeshine guys in the streets. However, in Turkey, where I grew up, we have it. So being miles away from home and seeing these little details is one of those small things that puts a smile on my face with a sense of nostalgia.

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  • Cristina

    You are such an early riser, Pinar! The guy getting the shoeshine is yawning! I love the contrast of blue against the gray of the Municipalidad. And I definitely think Prensa Libre should pay you big bucks for this picture.

  • @Cristina, if Prensa Libre actually hired me, I could have stayed in my Xelajú and wouldn’t leave earlier than I anticipated.