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12018-04-23T13:40:25-04:00CHASS Web Resources398fc684681798c72f46b5d25a298734565e6eb823Woodworker in Okinawaplain2018-12-05T13:33:14-05:00The Gail Project1952-1953Dustin WrightCharles Eugene GailThe Gail Project; University of California, Santa CruzUsed with permissionDustin Wright6d413a48d8bd1bdac9b40c6c99f258b065f86dda
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12018-04-23T13:40:20-04:00Daily Life and Work22Images of daily life and labor in early 1950s Okinawaplain2018-12-03T19:01:59-05:0026.12358, 127.66581Dustin Wright
Many of the photos in the collection show Okinawans engaging in their daily labor practices. In this section, we see a display of labor and daily life that, upon first glance, appears to be quite romantic. In some images, the people in the photos are far enough from the lens to render them as simply props for a much grander appreciation for the landscape. People are smiling for the camera as they continue with their endeavors. Did Gail patronize these shops, which might explain the beaming smiles from some of the shopkeepers? Does the image simply capture a relationship - that of the militourist and the Okinawan vendor - that was already an important economic system in early 1950s basetowns throughout the Pacific? It is safe to assume that this was not the first time that the Okinawans in the pictures had interacted with an American cameraperson. If some images depict people smiling at the lens, others show people either indifferent or even annoyed at the cameraman.
Some photos in the "People" page, which completes this module, could very well have been incorporated into this section on daily life and labor. This is because in Gail's images of occupied Okinawa, it is apparent that there was no distinct line between work and leisure. Here, I have chosen to include those photos in which both photographer and photographed seem primarily focused on economic activity.