Yesterday morning I went out with the crew of the Clam Boogie for the first time.It was a big deal for me because it was my first trip out with one of our clam boats in a long time. The weather and water were gorgeous and since they only pulled relatively few bags we weren’t out that long.
Working on the upcoming The Way We Worked exhibit I think I am more preoccupied with the concept of work than usual. I totally admire the men and women here who make their living on the water, and they have been the main subject of much of my photography over the decades.
Settling in with my afternoon tea yesterday, I picked up the Sunday Review section of the NYT, and reading the article The New Instability At Home and Work made clear to me again the tremendous odds and hardship working men and women are facing these days. One of the things the articles points out is that “Between 1979 and 2007, young male high school graduates saw a 29 percent decline in real annual earnings…” It is not the work ethic that is declining…..