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Photographer's Note

This is from the large Rinia Park in central Tirana. Although Albania has enjoyed a strong economic growth for the last ten years and is rapidly modernizing, unemployment and underemployment is still widespread.

This gentleman, forced to try to make a living from polishing shoes, was aware of my camera but decided to pose in his own way, by not looking at me.

By the way, the tent in the background was not for homeless or refugees. It served as a temporary "clinic" during the WHO World Blood Donor Day.

I didn't donate blood that day, and I didn't have my sandals polished, in case anyone wondered.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12402 W: 572 N: 23804] (101880)
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