Umbrella repair – street vendor in Shanghai

Before I toss out an umbrella after a windy walk in Chicago, I’ll remember this guy. A street vendor that specializes in umbrella repair. A lost art in this disposable society? In the US, sadly so, but here in Shanghai….well….not yet.

I had such a short time to wander the streets of Shanghai. To try to capture the essence of this great city in a couple of days is quite foolish. I attempted (kind of unsuccessfully I might add) to bone up on my street portrait skills. Most of the folks in this city I approached were not really receptive to the camera. A few, like this man, really didn’t care. He was so focussed on the task at hand that I seemed to just disappear in the background. 

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