Character Studies

Sometimes when I’m out taking photos for another purpose entirely, I’ll stumble across a good image. It isn’t a full-on story – just one person living their life in their own way. One of the things that I love about being a photographer is that I have a reason to talk to them and find out more about their life.

Atong, aged 50. Manila, Philippines.

This is Atong. He works at a small factory in Caloocan (Manila, Philippines) that prints and sells sacks used for storing grains. They also sell used sacks. Atong is 50 years old and has been working here for 30 years – since he came to Manila from Cebu. He is proud of the fact that he gets paid more than minimum wage.

*minimum wage in the Philippines is 426 pesos/day, about $10 US.

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