Time’s Corner

I met this elder man while strolling along Armenia Road in Bourj Hammoud. He sets up shop right in the entrance of a residential building. No sign, no windows, no storefront: just a desk and modest chair.

But that little corner is very much his own with posters of watches and maps hung as ornaments or perhaps a makeshift window display.

He let me watch as he got to work. I wasn’t really sure if he was really fixing it or just tinkering with it for the photographs, but he seemed engrossed enough in what he was doing that I really didn’t mind.

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© Loryne Atoui 2012

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Tiny Feet, Big Hands

A few weeks ago, I came across a young man working on a machine that repairs shoes. Nothing special if you think about it really, but what caught my eye was the tiny shoe he was repairing, a dainty child’s shoe with shiny straps and obviously a special shoe for that little girl. Almost like a dance, I was entranced by the stark contrast of rough hands working so carefully on something so tiny and delicate.

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