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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Tree Man

The city of Doha has some of the most beautiful buildings around. The streets are lined with fancy sidewalks and streets are ordained with sculptures and trees. All this has been designed build by workers for around the world. Engineers to laborers have built and are continuing to build the city of Doha. The engineers and architects get all the credit, while the laborers are often forgotten about. As in America, much has been built with low cost immigrant labor. This guy, was pruning a date palm in 125F humid heat. I took a few photos of him in the tree, but when he came down for lunch, I started up a 'hand language' conversation. He is from Sri Lanka and he supports his family back home. He wanted me to take a picture portrait of just him... For a portrait, I try to convey truths about the subject and their character come out and touch us in this case the truths of his reality. I believe he wanted people to see how much he sweats and works to keep is family feed. I wanted to show his love hate relationship with his job. He loves being able too provide, he hates working so hard for a few dollars a day. He likes having personal security and a safe city to live in, he hates leaving his family behind in a not -so- safe environment. His half smile and glaring eyes I hope speak to his love hate situation.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Qatar
Copyright: © Thomas McCleave