May 5, 2006

burn out


No matter how fast the world forces change, some things will resist and stay where they are. But for how much longer before they burn-out and finally fade into a distant memory? This is a bicycle repair shop. The man in blue is the owner and does the repairs. Like I said, it's only time and when that time comes, I'll only have this digital picture to remind me what used to be.

5 Comments:

Blogger Lisi said...

Another example is shoe repair shop...here in HK they are less and less to be seen.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Andreea said...

well i hope not cause they have their own charm. i was surprised to see many shops like these in italy just recently :)

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

I would hate to see bicycles to fade away...I love riding them!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Bikes are here to stay -- in nyc there are shops that repair and sell, some are thousands of dollars, as much as a car...
L

8:07 PM  
Blogger crayon said...

my guess is the photographer is not talking about whether or not bikes are here to stay. but rather it's the end of the olden days of Kuala Lumpur. To me the bike repairman represents the dying breed of KL-ites who make a living out of their family trade. In this day and age, his son is more likely to want to go to college than to inherit his dad's business. The old bike represents how some of the less financially able KL-ites may peddle their wares throughout the city. In this age of globalization, business is conducted differently. Affluence may have been rising (so it seems) but unfortunately the city's identity is slowly becoming more generic.

I recall how various peddlers would drive past the houses in our neighbourhood every night selling their stuff. The Chinese dumpling seller, the Indian bread man, the soy sauce seller (sounds strange I know). Nowadays, I buy bread from a 7-11. How times have changed.

11:32 AM  

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