Road repairs – Dumfries street photography

John had a dental appointment in town and I tagged along for some deliberate practice in Dumfries street photography (and to check the lens after repairs). I had about 20 minutes and needed to pick one location, one subject and one story.

I found my unsuspecting subjects of the day in Queensbury Square. There was a road maintenance truck parked next to the monument and two guys were busy repairing cracked pavement slabs.

I always like observing people at work – for me it’s a metaphor of order getting an upper hand over chaos. Broken items get repaired. Dirty streets get cleaned. Shabby facades get a renewed life. Life goes on and changes for better. This sort of thing – a very reassuring and life-affirming process. I also liked how the morning light fell on the scene and how low-mess these road workers were, quietly going about their job in the midst of the busy square.

Road repairs in Queensbury Square, Dumfries

Pavement repairs in Queensbury Square, Dumfries

These road workers became the subjects for my street photography practice

These road workers became the subjects for my street photography practice

Segments of pavement removed

Segments of pavement removed

Queensbury Square pavement maintenance in Dumfries

Neat and tidy work

Cleaning the old slab

Cleaning the old slab

Cracked

Cracked