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The old shoemaker.


I sat there, next to him, many times. I watched him work and I watched him aging. Last time I saw him in is workshop he was tired, a widower and, although never alone, he became a very lonely man.

He was a shoemaker, a great friend and a personal hero. He was my grandfather. Never forgotten. ♥

Captured on 35mm ISO 1200 film with Canon EOS 500. By Nuno Sousa.
Digital darkroom by me from a tough print.
Sobrena, Cadaval, Portugal.

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And as part of Social Documentary collection at #PhotographyPortraits
Also on #ForeverArtGroup's We Miss You feature.
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:iconbillynikoll:
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work.
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Photographer
Thank you.
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:iconjoe-maccer:
Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Thank you for sharing. 
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Photographer
It's my pleasure. Thanks too. :)
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:iconjoe-maccer:
Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
My pleasure. :iconhigh-five-plz:
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:iconbeatnig:
beatnig Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
So cool
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Photographer
Thank you.
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alexgphoto Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Photographer
What a touching story and portrait... Wonderful...
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, Alex. You're very kind.
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:iconantoinegaliza:
AntoineGaliza Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Photographer
nice one!!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. :thanks:
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:iconlabba1:
labba1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Great capture and you love for the man shows.
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. :thanks:
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:iconlesliewright:
LeslieWright Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love it
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. :thanks:
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:iconnurdt:
NURDT Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
i really like the grain on it and the sepia tone, i just like every bit of this image. Well captured!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much. :thanks:
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:iconphilliewig:
Philliewig Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous...The way he looks just off and away from the viewer brings up so many emotions....sadness, hope, uncertainty....i love this. Great job, beautiful image.
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much. :thanks:
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:iconwilhelmbielawa:
WilhelmBielawa Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
nice
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much.
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tanya3286 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Writer
omg, really? he was ur gran? That is such a tribute... really :heart:

The graininess of the print adds to the personality of the photo.I love how there are some posters of two little girls and another of a dog, in a place that otherwise spells business and hard work. ^^
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
I have fond memories of that place. And a self-finger-hammering trauma. :D
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tanya3286 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Writer
oh noes.. finger hammering! D:
that must have hurt.. a lot! I dropped a solid 1 kg metal lock on my toe once, and that still scares me when I think about it. >___>
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i-heartart2 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing detail in this shot. It's a beautiful picture. This is worth more than a 1000 words. . .

<3
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much. :thanks:
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:iconpsychothrone:
Psychothrone Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Incluí esta imagem também aqui no feature: [link]

Mais uma vez parabéns (:
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012   Photographer
Excelente. Muito obrigado.
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Shalladdrin Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
featured here! [link]
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Shalladdrin Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
featured here! [link]
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. That's very nice of you, Leah. :thanks:
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:iconsabbelbina:
Sabbelbina Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're featured. Congrats for winning. [link]
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much, Sabina. :hug:
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:iconsabbelbina:
Sabbelbina Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
De nada! :D You're very welcome, Miguel :hug:
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:iconpsychothrone:
Psychothrone Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
When you say "lonely", did he feel this negatively or was he ok with it?
Great work...
(não sei porque é q me deu para escrever im Inglês agora, deve ter sido pela descrição da imagem ;))
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   Photographer
He accepted it as part of life, I believe.

Obrigado. Ficou um comment internacional. :)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:
Congrats for your 3rd place!
You've been featured here: [link]
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much. :hug:
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:iconcatalin-geani:
Catalin-Geani Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there,
Featured here : [link]
Peace.
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. I appreciate it very much.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
You've been featured Here!
Enjoy! :)
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much Katy. That's really beautiful. :thanks:
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BklynGirl Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I love this photo! My grandfather was a shoemaker,too. I can remember going into his shop and watching him work. I can remember the smells of the shop, and of his Palumbo cigar, which was always in his mouth. Thank you for bringing such nice memories back to me. I am going to try to find my photo of him in his shop in Brooklyn, NY. It's from around 1930 or so.
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Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Photographer
Great times I had listening to my grandfather's tales. I can only imagine the story of a shoemaker in Brooklyn, in the 1930s. :)
Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful memories with me. :hug:
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BklynGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
XOXOXO
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BklynGirl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Hi Miguel, It has been many months since I saw your wonderful photo. I finally found and uploaded a photo of my grandfather in his shoe store and thought you might like to see it: [link] I will be back soon to check out your gallery again. Best wishes to you! Maria
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:iconaaronjjenkins:
AaronJJenkins Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Very touching :)
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for letting me know. :thanks:
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carlx Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Excellent photography and lovely sad mood!!!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much. :thanks:
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