Thursday, March 14, 2019

Salt of the Earth

For the first time we went and visited the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound.  I knew it had an exhibit of photos of people in the area, mostly from the rural side of Grey and Bruce Counties which I wanted to see.  It was entitled 'Salt of the Earth', which seemed very appropriate once we saw the pictures.  After checking to see that pictures were allowed, I took a small sample to share with you.

Willy Waterton was a photo journalist for the Owen Sound Sun Times, and over a 40 year career he met many of those rural residents who make up the backbone of this region.  The photos here are only 6 among 40.

The Mackeys are apple growers near Thornbury.

 The Ward sisters farm near Bass Lake.

I was struck by how much this picture inside their chicken barn mirrored my Great Aunt Hannah, who kept 40 chickens in a very similar old barn.  My Aunt passed away in 1975.

Migrant workers brought from the Caribbean to help with the apple harvest.

Hugh cut and split these 140 cords himself.

Jack Vaughn was the Lighthouse Keeper for the well known lighthouse on Cove Island.

The more I looked at these the more I realized that I had the chance to meet people like these in my earlier life, including my Aunt Hannah!

18 comments:

  1. I like all these photos, and so cool they were documented like this. The photo of the Ward sisters made me smile!

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  2. I used to take lots of photos growing up in a farming community, wish I had kept them - not that any were as good as the ones you're showing us here.

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  3. These are fabulous portraits!

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  4. Excellent collection of photos. Folks like those in the photographs will soon be gone and young people just won't develop the character the old-timers had.

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  5. Great photos. However people could go out today and find a good theme for photos and they do.

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  6. These are wonderful portraits of people that should not be forgotten. I love that chicken lady. :-)

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  7. They are indeed the Salt of the Earth, and wonderful to know that their images will be there for many to view.

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  8. What a great way to honor those who continued to build the land.

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  9. Glad you got out and about. It's been dreadful on the roads.

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  10. They are all great pictures. My favorite is the one with the man feeding the chickens.

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  11. Oh, these are the type of photos I wish I could take...don't get me wrong, I would still want to take the ones I take...but I so love this type of photos. Photos of 'real' people. I would love to see all the photos.

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  12. Just have to tell you I found them on-line!!! Thank you so much for this post....

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  13. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words' and those photos are a fine example of that. And yes my fav is the chicken feeding one too. The lighting in that photo is truly remarkable.

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  14. I love seeing old pictures and examining the way people dressed and how they worked. It befuddles me that we all now have to have so much. This way of life is needy.

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    1. That last sentence didn't come out right.........I mean our lives today, all of us in general, have such needs. LOL

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  15. What a nice exhibit of everyday people:)

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