Sunday, January 31, 2010
I think the expression on these workers' faces is a great contrast with the Sweet Spot sign.
Here we have our cell phone bill money put to good use. Three men from one cell phone store standing around chatting it up with a guy from the next cell phone booth over--apparently he also had nothing to do.
When I explained to these men what I was doing and asked if I could take their picture they said, "Wait, so you want to take a picture of us not working? Sure! As long as our boss never sees it." I like this picture because even though they knew I was taking the photo, they are still pretty candid. This is exactly how I found them--watching tv while their fourth co-worker dealt with an angry customer over the phone.
I think we all know these type of salespeople. They stand in the middle of the mall and try to flag you down to sell you something from the Dead Sea that will revitalize your skin and change your life. Well, in return for my cooperation they let me take this picture. Notice the smug facial expression and the subtle hand gesture.
Once again, I think this guy's facial expression says it all. Finally, some people in the mall actually doing work.
The more I witnessed the fast food machine produce and produce, the more I was impressed by its simplicity and its efficiency. These employees moved about like bees and moved through their customers like water.
It seems like everyone at BYU has been to or at least knows about EFY. Since I've started working there, people have been surprised to know that I'm not a counselor and I work when its not summer. There are actually quite a few people working overtime behind the scenes to make it all come together in the summertime. As however, they are literally "behind" the scenes, nobody knows about them. For my photo essay I decided to document the other, non-glamourous side of the hard-working people at EFY. Welcome to the EFY office.
Encyclopedia - microcosm (from Greek mikros kosmos, "little world"), a Western philosophical term designating man as being a "little world" in which the macrocosm, or universe, is reflected. The ancient Greek idea of a world soul (e.g., in Plato) animating the universe had as a corollary the idea of the human body as a miniature universe animated by its own soul.
"I like a lot. I work a lot and I love it."
"It's not bad. It's not too difficult." (Cynthia)
"Mmm hmm." (C0-worker)
"I can't stop to talk."
"I'm just grateful I have work."
From the vantage point of the viewer, the hand reaches for the fudge and extends out of the picture. The worker embraces every quality one would think of a candy worker: bright disposition, colorful attire, and all the goodness that working around candy entails
There is a multi-generation love for sugar that is shown in this photo: young college student working a minimum-wage job, an old man satisfying an endless sweet tooth, and middle-schoolers looking for a quick-fix.