Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Bey 2, McKinley the Shoemaker
Dawoud Bey in his book Harlem, USA.
This man is at work. The clock is to the left of his head right above the calendar. This is a photo about time. A man has worked for many years, presumably as a shoemaker. He is not thrilled at the moment. Frown on his face, smoking a cigarette , sitting on a not very comfortable looking chair. This gentleman would like to be gone.
I love the Gordon's Gin crate. It adds to the scene of what looks like a bad day at work. That is just my opinion.
It is the 5th day of Hanukkah. The Maccabees...Are they role models today? Violent, religious Zealots. Times have changed. Zealots remain Zealots sometimes even to the same cause they began with.
Hanukkah is a fundamentally less cheerful folk tale than Christmas.
Am I crazy or does the guy in the photo wear a yamulke?