There is something about this scene that saddens me. It feels like the boy, who sells trinkets on the streets to tourists, is looking at the old man and thinking “Is that what I’ve got to look forward to?” The elderly gentleman appears to be deliberately avoiding the boy’s gaze and trying to keep some dignity. The discarded shoes and outstretched leg add to the poignancy. I feel for the man but also for the boy – I can’t help hoping that he isn’t staring his future in the face – that somehow it will turn out different for him.
4 thoughts on “Observations, Mexico”
Thats exactly the way I would look at this picture, sad indeed. Fantastic photo though.
I know, it really pulls at my heart strings whenever I look at it. I feel like it’s a moment of realisation for the boy. It makes me want to set up a facebook campaign or something for anyone connected to or visiting the city – to try and help him out and give him a chance to get out of the poverty trap.
Love photos like these, that seem to tell a story. Great picture.