motor mechanics

By: penangphotolog

Sep 05 2012

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Category: Art, Black & White, Cityscape, Heritage, Images, Penang, People, Photography, Trade

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Aperture:f/3.6
Focal Length:5.9mm
ISO:800
Shutter:1/20 sec
Camera:DMC-TZ20
Most motor mechanics like Ah Lung left school at a very young age to take up apprenticeship in blue collar trades. Like the rest, they leave their hometown and survive on their earnings living in shared apartments, only going home once or twice in a month or during festive seasons. Most of them never if ever left the trade but some lucky ones became bosses of their own repair shop. Picture taken at Jln Nanning, Penang.

Over the years, as Ah Lung became a formidable repairman, he was also given the task to lead younger apprentices that was allowed into the stable. Currently, there are no guidelines compelling skilled workforces to attain competency certificates from vocational schools thus, this cycle of how skills got passed down will naturally repeat itself.

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