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!