my heroes

charcoal burners

I love how their stances could be from a photo of 1900. Put them in shirt collars and flat caps and hey presto. How can such pride in work and love of work be communicated in a single-frame snapshot of body-posture? It cuts close to something deep and universal, something to do with integrity and fulfilment. I love this photo almost to tears, and the people in it more so.

“There, the personal control of each worker over his means of production determines the small horizon of each enterprise, a horizon which is a necessary condition for social production and the unfolding of each worker’s individuality.” Ivan Illich, Vernacular Values

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One Response to “my heroes”

  1. claire Says:

    Hear hear!
    Thanks for blogging. Great to read your words.
    Claire :)

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