1993, Shanghai, China
Plate 72, 18x27
Along this Chinese river there were many merchant ships, and none seemed more weighed down with cargo than the one in the photo. He had not only the deck cargo, but he had also lashed a large group of logs to the side of the vessel, which made it drift a bit from its course. The eating and sleeping area was closely surrounded by logs.
The one revealing thing about the logs was the size. In Canada or the United States we would not cut such small trees, but I assume they needed them now, since tomorrow is not here yet — so, off to the sawmill. The man and his wife seemed pleasant but intense and enjoyed a small but efficient living space among the logs on the deck. I wondered from where he had brought the logs and in what form they would end up.