I touched history

09 Apr

There is a black lady working at the pub Jorge frequents. She makes the most heavenly coxinha’s. She asked if I could work on a photo of hers. It had a corner torn off and was heavily finger printed, where the finger prints appeared to have removed ink. The photo was a 2 x 3 inch print. She wanted a large print out of it. For me, the challenge was a relatively unique one. This is the first black face I have worked on. I found that… well… noteworthy. What was more noteworthy though, was that this photo is of her father, one of Brazil’s last slaves. He is pictured here, sitting in front of his slave hut. Now that, to me, is a unique experience, restoring a photo of a slave for his daughter. There is a whole time perspective thing going on in my head too. He looks to be around 40 here. She is 65. When I think of slavery, I think of ‘very long ago’, but not really if this photo is anything to go by.

Anyone here give time management lessons? This is harder than it sounds… the whole time management thing. I start my day checking mail. Someone sends me a link to look at. I open the link. Then another friend contacts me with a "What do you think of…?" and I start a reply. I remember that I wanted to post a blog on "The wisdom of flings" and open a post before I forget. Just then, I remember I haven’t eaten yet, so I amble to the kitchen. I come back with a plate and Jorge will say, "Have you started on that photo of John Doe yet?" I open the photo, so I don’t forget to work on it and remember the first link I was meant to be looking at. I look at the link and go to reply. While I’m replying, I see an e-mail from Someone Important. I start a reply to that e-mail because, after all, it is from Someone Important. By the time I’m into my second hour of my day, my pc desktop looks a mess and I have no idea any more what I was going to originally do. I often just end up giving up on the lot of them. How is that for productive? My off-pc activities are pretty much the same. So if you find that I’m not 100% *there*, you know why. It is because I’m not 100% *there*. Where I am…. well, that is anyone’s guess ; )



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