Monday, December 27, 2010

In the Roman era, women found that they would look paler by painting their skins with lead paste. Fair skin, at the time, marked status, and was a symbol of feminine beauty. And so I'm fascinated by the construction worker, clasping a subway pole with plaster-white hands. His hands are large, and work-worn. They are highly unlikely to be adorned with bracelets, or to wither away from lead poisoning.

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