Weary Japanese worker: A portrait

After a long day, and at the end of another long week, this Tsukiji fish market worker’s sit down and cigarette were clearly well deserved.

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  1. John says

    Poor guy looks absolutely exhausted. Did he not get angry or irritated with you for taking his picture? I think I might have done. Not at my best after a busy day!

    • says

      Not something I usually do, but I asked him if it was ok. There was no way I’d have been able to discreetly take his photograph, and I didn’t want to annoy him. Luckily he was cool with it. Well, that or just too tired to bother refusing…

  2. Bernadette Marchetti says

    I think he looks content. I see a hint of a smile on his face. Smoking a cigarette on a break….almost as if his next action will be to look up at the sky and sigh. Or is that too romantic (and cliché) an image for a blue-collar worker? Or maybe I’m just too optimistic? I’m sure he’s exhausted, but he doesn’t seem to have that defeated look that I see on many exhausted people.

    • says

      No, that’s a great way of seeing him. He was a nice bloke too. Very polite and accommodating when I asked to take his photo. So hopefully you are spot on.

  3. MrSatyre says

    I love this photo because it almost looks like the beginning of a really awesome Indie film. This fish monger walks out of the warehouse, sits wearily down, looks directly into the camera and launches into the most amazing story you’ve ever heard.

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