Smile, You’ll live longer.

By now we all know I take pictures of trucks and equipment that the majority of people simply don’t care about or even notice. I’ve received puzzled looks from passerby’s as I shoot video of road construction or snow plowing but usually the most confused looks come from the operators of these vehicles. I really don’t blame them. In this modern age there is always someone looking to catch “lazy” government workers or document something unsafe or dangerous for a future lawsuit. I try to be discrete when I take my photos and keep any faces out of the shots whenever possible. Most of the time my work goes unnoticed while other times I get caught in the act. At most I get a head nod and wave. At worst the stare of confusion.

I’ve had my eye out for a city garbage truck for awhile now. They have a sizable fleet of International 2674’s(?) that are growing older by the minute so I’ve been eager to document one. By using the word document it makes my hobby seem as a civic service. It’s all about the wording. Living just outside of the city so I usually don’t cross paths with these rigs so I knew fortune was smiling on me when I caught one the other day during my lunch time walk. I grabbed my camera, waited for the truck to enter the frame, took a shot, waited for it to show on the screen and then looked up to watch the truck grind down the street. To my pleasant surprise I was greeted with the smiling face, waving, thumbs uping worker you see below. I waved back and then the interaction was over but it made my afternoon. I don’t know anything about the guy but I assume he enjoys his job and was happy to see someone take notice of him and his truck for other than the dirty stinking mess it is.

13861343765_0f84972b6c_b

Trash on Mr. Garbage Truck man. Trash on.

This entry was posted in On the Job and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *