Photographer's Note

This young man works in a gold-leaf workshop. Starting with a gold leaf 2.5 cms. x 1 cm., he pounds with a wooden mallet or sledge hammer to make it thinner. 200 of these leaves weigh about 12 grams. On reaching the necessary thickness, or thinness, they are packaged in multiples of 10. The original leaf will make one packet of 10, some 5 hours or so after beginning.

Devout Buddhist families buy a packet of these leaves when they visit a stupa or Buddhist image, such as the one at Maha Muni, to earn merit.

I wondered, but could not inquire, if he had yet experienced his "moment of the absurd". Every day he comes to the workshop and does the same boring task, over and over. Admittedly it generates "great abs", but there is more to life, surely, than this. I doubt he earns very much. Camus in the Myth of Sisyphus suggests that at some point the young man will realize that he is in a trap and may revolt. I do wish him well.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Gens
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2008-02-29
  • Categories: Vie quotidienne
  • Exposition: f/3.2, 1/30 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2008-07-13 3:35
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