Leta Ward 02
1. When was this photo taken?
Probably around 2001-2002.
2. Where was this photo taken?
From inside a cobbler's shop, upper Haight, San Francisco.
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
Out of this little shop, one of the few cobbler businesses left (as I recall, the owner was from El Salvador), onto Haight St. I was waiting in line to inquire about having some shoes resoled.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
Nostalgic and sad that small businesses like this are fading out. I felt the history in that overcrowded nook, totally disorganized from my side of the counter, but knowing it was all a well-oiled machine. He had pride he in his craftsmanship and was so friendly. He retired in his 80s and the business wasn't passed on. From what I have read, the business was a cobbler for about 90 years.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
No. I had no idea! Just a normal day, which is what I love to document. Change is the only constant, which is why I often keep my camera handy for those mundane moments. It's not always the big moments.
7. What kind of memories does this photo bring back?
Walking, wandering with the camera. Always paying attention to detail and little visual nuggets. What I truly enjoy is how these time stamps in image form can trigger the memory. I am brought back immediately upon seeing this, just an insignificant moment. I can smell the leather and tools in the shop. I can hear the street sounds of people passing and the 71 Haight bus line.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
They may relate if they are in a place that still has a neighborhood cobbler and lament that cobblers are becoming less relevant in the Internet and fast-fashion era. They may be younger and have never have thought of having quality shoes that can be repaired and that you might not just throw shoes away instead of having them revived by someone's hands and tools and tradition.
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