workin’

marble cutting saw at a small marble plant

Toronto. When it comes to photographs, we see very, very many portraits and landscapes, but relatively few of workplaces and workers. In time, the workplace photos, how we lived photos, street scenes etc. will grow in importance.

For every few dozen portrait or group photos I have, there is maybe one work photo. I remember one with builders (roofers?), another with geese and a two person cart drawn by a horse, etc. These photos are unique in telling how we worked and lived in times past.

The photo at top left is a small plant in an industrial mall that cut and polished marble slabs. We selected a desired colour suitable for our small bathroom. Once cut, the marble was cut again to hold a small sink. A decade late, the plant had disappeared – except for the few photos taken.

 

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