El Cortez Bldg Downtown San Diego
I took this photo of the El Cortez Building on March 11, 2022 at 4:45 PM as the sun was just beginning to set. It was two days before daylight savings time took effect. The skies were clear and conditions pleasant.
The way to work
mohammed , young boy Works from the first light of the sun, brings water, tea and equipment to the workers. Mohammed did not complete the elementary school and went to work in the mountain to help his family with some money.
A cup of tea
After workers gather in the morning , The workers drink a cup of tea to warm themselves up in this cold atmosphere
one of the worker uses a machine which called “El fasalah” which cut and partition the mountain to stone blocks ” 13*26 cm” . This process produces a cloud of white lime this dust stones cause them serious respiratory diseases
In the storm
one of the workers walking in Thick dust of white lime , This lime affects the lungs of workers and injures them with serious diseases
The man of sizes
Ahmed , young man 18 years old ,Responsible for the dimensions of the brick molds using the lever to move the path of the machine to the required size.
“El hashasha”, the machine which extract the final result of the stones as a free blocks that ready to use. this machine is very dangerous ,sharp,and has no safe handling and some workers are injured by cutting the hand or foot
Workers transporting brick blocks cut off from the machine’s track In preparation for the next round.
Mostafa , an old man 46 years , He has been working in the mountain for more than 20 years, Specializes in repairing faults that occur in the machine
The workers Moving the bricks to the place where the transport vehicles are located
From hand to hand
The workers moving the bricks from hand to hand and put it on the transport vehicles to be ready for trading in the market.
The photo was taken during the morning hike to the waterfalls, all the people passed by this place and did not even think about its beauty, but I saw it and was able to catch the moment that would then pass this moment to other people.