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Barber on the road

I ride by this man everyday who cuts hair on the street. I’ve been wanting to talk to him for a while and finally brought my friend Moon with me to translate. This is the same guy I’ve mentioned works over an open sewer line.

When I first saw him months ago, I thought of Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie There Will Be Blood. Maybe I’m imagining things like my sister said, but I do think there is a bit of resemblance.

I was so curious about his story. I’ve seen a few other men cutting hair on the road but for some reason I wanted to talk to this one. Probably because he looks a little like Daniel Day-Lewis and I love him.

He had a client not long after we showed up so we could only talk to him for a bit.

But I did get to know these things: He stopped going to school and started barbering at 14 years old, his dad was a barber so he taught him everything, he doesn’t have to pay for his spot, in fact-you can work anywhere on the street in Bangladesh, a haircut and a shave is only 30 taka-which is about 35 cents!!!

He just brings a mirror, a chair, a little table, his shears, and razor.

I watched him start his client and couldn’t believe the size of his scissors. He was barely even paying attention when he was shaving his clients face with a straight razor! He’s just that good.

I told him how I’ve taken a class to use a straight razor on a haircut and how much it scares me!

He was a really kind man. I took a few pictures and recorded some of it. (I forgot to record from the beginning) I loved his poses for the pictures and how he started smoking during the haircut!

I love to hear peoples stories, everyone has one.

Please excuse my recording and the video bomber on the right. 🙂

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2 Responses to “Barber on the road”

  1. Katie W says:

    Love these pictures!

  2. Andrea says:

    That’s awesome. I love his outfit too!

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