Austerity at Christmas – shoppers in Puerta del Sol Madrid Spain

SPAIN Madrid -- 04 Dec 2011 -- Christmas shoppers in the Puerta de Sol area of Madrid were out in force doing their Christmas shopping on Sunday amid a severe economic crisis which has left unemployment at around 20% -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell
SPAIN Madrid — 04 Dec 2011 — Christmas shoppers in the Puerta de Sol area of Madrid were out in force doing their Christmas shopping on Sunday amid a severe economic crisis which has left unemployment at around 20% — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/alamy.com

After covering the first elections of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, I decided to try freelancing in Spain as a freelance foreign correspondent. I had a good string with The Scotsman and even managed to sell The Daily Telegraph a few stories. I shot these images before lack of funds forced me to put my Canon DSLR in hoc with the hostel. Sadly, due to the now high cost of living in Spain, I too had problems getting by on the low fees often paid by UK national newspapers to their freelancers. Despite the economic crisis, the Spanish were not skimping on the traditional Christmas lights in the Puerta del Sol are of Madrid and thousands wandered the streets in the traditional paseo – though the shops did not appear to be doing a brisk business. To view the whole set, type in the relevant key words into my alamy.com database.

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