In the midst of the chaos of loose stone, rubble and rock, the quarry worker needed to keep his eye out, and ear ready for the warning sound of an imminent blast.
Knowing where to stand was often the difference between safety and a bad industrial accident. Which makes photographs of quarries very interesting – most of the time the men are all paused from working. They see the camera and they see us. In this photo of Bay View, Cape Ann, everyone is paused. I’ll return to the image again tomorrow to give a full accounting of how many men are “Standing Down.”