An old man captured unaware, while taking a much needed respite from the heat and laborious toil of driving a “calesa”, a horse-drawn carriage, in the streets of Manila. I was guilty of having taken this photograph without his permission, but I cannot help but be touched by how difficult his occupation was as he sneaked in a snooze amidst the heat and the busyness of the environs.
A phrase swirls in my head echoing “not sleeping on the job”; yet, I cannot fault this worker for doing so, because of the tedious manual labor he is involved with and with very minimal compensation befitting a hand to mouth existence. He just so deserved this moment to renew and refresh his vigor for another journey echoing in the cobblestones of Binondo in Manila.
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