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29 Nov 2011

The workshop of a shoe repairer


He's been working behind that curtain for 33 years. The same place. Different customers and trends. He learned the craft in his thirties. Though he regrets seeing how crafts like his are fading in oblivion, he says he has no time to teach an apprentice or assistant. He's too busy repairing shoes.

He doesn't know but I've been coveting his shop for years. I love the old calendars and counters, the oil paintings and the tiles at half the height of the walls. A brick and mortar shop of mine would definitely look like this.

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Ha estado trabajando detrás de esa cortina por 33 años. El mismo lugar. Clientes y modas diferentes. Aprendió el oficio cuando tenía treinta. A pesar que lamenta ver cómo oficios como el suyo van cayendo en el olvido, dice que no tiene tiempo para enseñar a un aprendiz o asistente. Está muy atareado areglando zapatos.

Él no lo sabe pero le he estado echando el ojo a su local hace años. Adoro los calendarios viejos y los mostradores, los óleos y los azulejos a media altura en las paredes. Si tuviera una tienda real definitivamente se parecería a esta.

20 comments :

Catalina said...

Lindo Fotoreportaje! me encantó :)

Rosa Pomar said...

Que bonito, obrigada pela partilha :)

Anne said...

Great photographs / textures. I love the pyramid of animals calendar !

A of Little Alexander said...

Beautiful. The man and the profession as much as the shop.

C SATHAL said...

very nice portrait, generous .
C.

Karen Barbé said...

Thank you! -- ¡Gracias!

Eve Cege said...

Lo primero que pensé al terminar de ver las fotografías fue,Nostalgia.
y la primerra palabra de tú labels.
El gorro,la camisa y el delantal...

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Pues a mí se me viene a la cabeza el local de mi zapatero, donde no cabe más de una persona a la vez. Me encantaría retratarlo, aunque estoy seguro de que no me dejaría... Esta profesión siempre me ha parecido fascinante.

*L said...

lindo!

lamina @ do a bit said...

Wow I love love love these photos... amazing! I just love the run down and oldness.. it's so beautiful! Wow 33 years... I hope he does teach someone as it would be very say to see his art die with him! No wonder he is so busy :)

ElisabethAndrée said...

Now, I really love your photo report, very professional! I think the man is an artist, a pity that he does not pass his skills. I like the pyramid of animals calendar:)

at swim-two-birds said...

love these!!
and what a great place

la casita said...

Wonderful post! it reminds me of our local cobbler in italy, I used to go in his shop quite often, since we were 5 and in those days people where repairing more shoes than buying it, I was fascinated by his work, he was also a man of few words but quite wise! I wonder f has something to do with the kind of job! Such a shame these artisans are disappearing. Here is almost impossible to find a cobbler that it is really a cobbler, and In Italy is getting harder and harder.

karin said...

fabulous photo series

Kylie said...

Oh how gorgeous! I love it all too. What a wonderful post Karen. I can see why you'd want that shop but also it's so sad that he's not training anyone to replace him. Thanks for this :) Kx

consuelathan said...

A mi me pasa algo similar con un local que hay en Rosas, es una tienda de telas que es como volver en el tiempo, y siempre la atiende un señor vestido impecablemente, que es todo un caballero! Me encanta entrar a lugares que te transportan al pasado.

Anna said...

Beautiful photo essay and tribute to this man and his craft. Just lovely.

jujumade said...

oh! love seeing craftmans and how they work!
amazing pictures!

ave studio said...

me encantaron estas fotos Karen! Hace unos días me encontré con un zapatero que ejerce su profesión desde hace 22 años y me ha contado una historia hermosa que pronto subiré a mi blog, me recuerda mucho a su taller ♥

antonella said...

Just a few lines (I don't have a lot of time but I want to keep exploring your blog!) to say that I love your style and how you approach your subjects. I've never been in South America but that light... wow, it's amazing!