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The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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High cold work with copper and donuts

. Sitting in my car, the heater blowing sitting on my hands, and knowing the wind will slice me, mince me, I hear a sudden crack cross air, hammer on copper, one man calling Joe, bring up more rivets! A … Continue reading

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For Labor Day, some people working

. . . We don’t usually take photos of people working, unless we are Lewis Hind. It’s hard to capture work in a picture, unless you have staged it, as Hind did. Even Millet’s “The Gleaners” is undercut by a … Continue reading

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Malaysian tuk-tuk man, Kuala Lumpur

I think I met this tuk-tuk driver in Kuala Lumpur. I liked the ornate additions he made to the basic function of his vehicle, especially the many lights, which actually WORK. Look at the crankshaft on the bike on the … Continue reading

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Be useful

Be useful to others, be not only a pot but also a table. Contain multitudes, Support with your eyes, your ears and hands. Worry not about what is useful to you or about being ‘used’ by others. Be gladly of … Continue reading

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Mumbai, India, 2005, men scraping a boat for repainting, in the Bay

When we think of India and low-cost labor, most of us think of call centers and perhaps rote computer coding and accounting. But those are actually upper-middle class professions there. The real cheap labor, which includes Dalit women, digs ditches … Continue reading

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