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Not my usual kind of post I know, but hopefully I'll start posting more people shots from now on after a great day out yesterday!

I caught this shot during a long walk around the deprived outskirts of Guiyang with a Dutch friend of mine who also lives here, and he taught me a thing or two about capturing scenes of daily life and people, so here's to Hans the man! He's not a member here on TE (yet!), but he taught me an invaluable lesson that to capture photos of people all you need to do is talk to them and have a bit of front about you.

This man is one of the many shoe repair men who arrive to their spot in town everyday and repair all kinds of shoes, no matter how unrepairable they may look, they will find a way, and no doubt for about 10Y or less!
They do everything from re-soling, repairing broken stitching, patching holes, replacing heels, cleaning etc. If you can't find shoes that fit you, you can take the biggest pair you could find to them, and they can also elongate you shoes to fit. Quite a service.

To take the photo, I talked to him for a few minutes (me speaking broken Mandarin, and him speaking local dialect - it was a difficult conversation!) and to be honest I'm not sure we understood each other a great deal, but I asked him if I could take his photo and he obliged. I don't think he understood why the hell I would want a photo of him repairing shoes though!

Like I say, this isn't really my normal kind of photography so if you have any advice please share with me! Thanks for looking :)

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