1997, Kerala, India
Plate 60, 27x18
I did this shot in Kerala, in southern India. The skills of the people are quite amazing. These two friendly and cheerful woodcutters were making lengthwise cuts of a twenty-two foot tree. They allowed me to see some of the boards they cut, and I could not believe that they had not been cut at a sawmill. The thickness hardly varied from end to end, and they used a seven-foot handsaw, while one cutter was actually balanced on the log that they were cutting. Low tech tools-high tech men. Who is to say where such skill is found and from where it comes - for this, in this world, is truly genius.