13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Lay Off

This picture was taken in Kyoto, Japan in January 2015. There is no fiction, the photo was caught while I was wandering in the streets of Kyoto. My intent was to capture the life of night workers. Shift work, even at night and on holidays, often affects workers psychophysically. The requirements imposed by the “society of work” do not recognize the natural alternations of day and night and workers' biological clocks.

This photo won the People category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all of the winners and finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2015
Date Uploaded: 10.2015
Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Benedetta Ristori
Photo of the Day: 03.03.16