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Featured Traditional Brick Making

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Robert Watcher, May 14, 2019.

  1. For several years I have been wanting to take a photo series of brick and tile makers working with their traditional methods of laying the formed mud out in the sun - but have never come across the opportunity until now.


    There were several operations in Nicaragua, but they were in more remote areas or were inaccessible - but more often hesitant to approach and ask on my own —— a little like thinking twice before entering a huge auto wrecker, not knowing what is behind the walls.


    Driving on a rural highway with Salvadorian friends recently, we stopped on the side of the road to see if there was anyone around this abandoned looking property with what looked like a large dilapidated building that probably was used for kilning bricks. A fellow walked out to see what I was up to, and informed me that workers were back behind the kiln. I asked I could talk photos of them working.



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  2. Traditional brick making. The mud used is a mix of earth and white sand. At least 15 days drying the bricks in the sun. When they have 1,600 bricks collected in the kiln, they fire it up and cure them.


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  3. Avondale87

    Avondale87 Tasmania Subscribing Member

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    Apr 20, 2019
    Tasmania
    brilliant and very interesting
    love the colours.
    Curious what the bucket with white stuff is?

    thanks for posting
     
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  4. Lawrence Beck

    Lawrence Beck Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 15, 2018
    "Traditional brick making. The mud used is a mix of earth and white sand."
     
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  5. Thank you! Brilliant and inspiring!
     
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  6. Sorry. I added the details later at the top of the second post (first reply)
     
  7. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    California
    That poor kid ought to be in school :( 
     
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  8. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Man those brownies are big! Great shots.

    How do you know he isn't in school? Just because you see a photo of a kid working, because it is not a first world country you automatically assume they are uneducated child laborers? But if this was the picture posted would you have made the same comment?

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    BTW, if you looked at the EXIF of the photos you might have noticed they were taken on a Saturday. :shakehead:
     
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  9. Avondale87

    Avondale87 Tasmania Subscribing Member

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    Apr 20, 2019
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    We were posting at same time and I missed your comments
    Thanks
     
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  10. Tool Crazy

    Tool Crazy Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jul 5, 2018
    I agree with the other comments, love the processing and colors! Very nice pics indeed!
     
  11. While they didn’t have the kiln fired up on this day, here is a functioning kiln that I noticed several hours later in a different part of the country.

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  12. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    I assume they must use wood for their kilns?

    Kind of a chicken and the egg scenario it looks like. We need to build a kiln. OK how do we do that? Well, we get some bricks and make it out of those. OK so we should make bricks? Ya. How are we going to bake them without a kiln? :roflmao:
     
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  13. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Great documentary shots! Thanks for sharing.
     
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