Daily Photo Phix: Break

Two construction workers sitting on a wall, 2 Guys Photo

It was a hot day in July when a crew of men with heavy equipment came to repave my street.  I happened to be home that day and spotted these two fellows taking a break on the stone wall out front.  Because of the heat and the miles of fresh pavement behind them, they rested here, but for only a few minutes.

I was struck by the experience in the older man’s face and the weariness in the younger man’s posture.

The old man is offering a cigarette and perhaps, some wisdom, while the young man gazes into the distance, dreaming of another place?

In this image, they share the same responsibilities and occupy the same place and time, but I’ve wondered… are they travelling the same path, or are their paths merely crossing?  We’ll never know.

This was taken with a Nikon D90, f/8, 1/160 sec, 170mm focal length.  The aged black and white conversion was done in Corel PSP X2.                             Posted by Ed


About Ed Spadoni

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9 Responses to Daily Photo Phix: Break

  1. Your commentary to this photo has taken it from the ordinary to the excellant. A mind journey into the lives and character of the subjects.

  2. 2guysphoto says:

    A great “street photography” shot… lots to look at and think about here. And the post-processing is spot on.


  3. I very much like the pp. I also enjoyed your commentary on the shot. The body language between them leaves much to be considered.

  4. Donna McCommon says:

    This shot is a classic. The processing and the body language you captured is very emotional.

  5. Howard says:

    Superb catch of these two workers, Ed. I really like the pp, great work!

  6. Rob says:


  7. There is something in this shot that is so very human & I think we’ve all experienced it in one way or another….. a wonderful capture, enhanced by your commentary…. I have spent quite some time absorbing it ….

  8. Ed Spadoni says:

    Thanks Janet, and everyone who commented on this photo. It’s been one of my favorites, and always provokes questions and possible answers in my mind, whenever I look at it. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it too. Ed

  9. Mark James says:

    As others have said, this is a wonderful shot. I studied it for a bit before I scrolled down to read and I saw what you saw.


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