Working Man

In Venice they have no cars. Supplies are brought over by boat. Building machines also, interestingly, come in the form of boats, bobbing gently by the side of the docks as they repair the old crumbling Venetian buildings. When the supplies are unloaded they are placed onto handcarts, which are pulled by men with strong muscles and steady gaits, through the narrow alleyways, up dank stairs and over numerous bridges to their prescribed destinations.

I took this photograph when I was on top of the Doge’s Palace in Piazza San Marco. If you look closely, you can see the man pulling a handcart laden with supply boxes. He was walking incredibly fast, so it was a tricky shot to take, but you can see that he stands out from the crowd of meandering tourists on the square.

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What an interesting job, and so different from the usual way of transporting goods one sees on city streets.