Monday Morning – Back to Work

A crane operator reports to work in Bellevue, WA.

As we all report back to work Monday morning, we have different thoughts about our work settings and the work itself.  A few years ago, while attending a photo workshop in Bellevue, WA. I looked out my hotel window one morning just in time to catch a glimpse of this crane operator reporting to his work site 12 stories above the city.  He would continue to climb to the catwalk and then walk over to the top of his cab and climb in through a trapdoor in the roof.  For the next 8 hours he would occupy the small cab, ferrying building materials up, down and sideways to a construction site.

I’m not very fond of heights, at least not unless I am in a substantial structure or an airplane, but I wondered what it must be like up there?  Bellevue is right next to Seattle and Puget Sound, so I knew his views must be spectacular.  He could probably see the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound to the West and Mt. Rainier to the South.  He would watch the daily rain come and go, all from a location that he alone occupied.  How would I feel reporting to that job on a Monday morning?  I think I might like it, at least for a little while, but getting me up there???

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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