Every week I tell the story behind a photograph featuring the portrait of a person that made me think. Sometimes they’re about capturing a feeling, other times they’re about the story the photograph tells. To see more Portraits Around the World, click here.
My the street in South Korea… and one of the older Ajushis who walks my street every morning picking up leftover recyclables.
This is the first Portraits Around the World picture I’ve taken on my iPhone (so excuse the bit of blur)! I was walking to work last week and I couldn’t stop but capture the moment as this man, so focused on his task, carted with wheelbarrow with his findings. I can’t even imagine how much time it took for him to collect so much cardboard.
I can’t say I’m expert on the subject, but according to the International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, Vol. 4, No. 3 published in May 2014, “The OECD reports that South Korea has the highest rate of elderly poverty, with almost half of its citizens at the of 65 or more living in relative poverty.”
This man makes me want to wake up and work hard for what I have every day.