52 Weeks of Life Seen Through My Eyes

Ida's Photo Theme Challenge

44. Someone Working


When I saw this theme on the challenge list, I knew what I wanted to photograph: a construction worker or two on one of Panama City’s seemingly infinite number of high rises under construction. However, I grew bored waiting for another trip to the city, hoping there’d be time to go hunting for that perfect fit.

In Boquete Canyon Village on Saturday morning on our way out, we stopped briefly at the clubhouse remodel that my husband is overseeing. There were a few workers on the job. One was painstakingly laying the small mosaic tiles in the large pool. Another was cutting and applying tiles to the walls running the length of the pool area. One more was mixing a small amount of concrete for an indoor job. Two men were digging the fire pit at the end of the masterfully crafted stone pathway. With the photo I had taken a couple of weeks earlier of the tiler cutting and laying tiles surrounding the pool, I decided these would help complete the photographic progress of the remodeling project, an extensive endeavor using a handful of skilled labor.

I did notice that one of the men working on the fire pit had not covered his head, something you don’t see too often as the sun can be so incredibly harsh in the tropics. Usually these workers are covered from head to foot, many of them even wearing bandannas to cover their faces for protection. Suntan lotions are costly and most workers cannot afford such luxury. Being completely covered by clothing may be super hot, but definitely serves its purpose.

Anyway, I can’t wait for the clubhouse’s completion so I can use the gym and pool. Rock on, workers!







12 thoughts on “44. Someone Working

  1. Looks like it is going to be beautiful when it’s all done!


  2. Great descriptive series for the challenge.


  3. perfect for the theme! – the one without a hat must be new! – you’ll have to post an “after” photo and add to this when its done.


  4. All the workers appear to be good at their trade. Nice description. It doesn’t look like you will have to wait too long to use the facilities.


    • One of the problems here is finding skilled labor, but sometimes those who do possess the skills are very talented. My husband has a very small crew doing the work and he’s lucky enough to have wonderfully skilled laborers. I’m hoping to be in the pool by December. 🙂


  5. Great subjects for the theme you chose this week! Good job!!


  6. I would think that there would be constant construction going on where you live…and noise.


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