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Sunday, 19 June 2022

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Mike, it seems to me that Juneteenth is rightfully your holiday too — a celebration of the country's freeing itself (at least officially) from an evil that injured and stained the soul of the entire nation and every one of its citizens. When the chain of slavery is broken it frees the people at both ends of the chain. So hurrah for Juneteenth, hurrah for freed slaves and emancipation, hurrah for African Americans, and hurrah for the nation in its struggles towards equality!

Yesterday (Father's Day) I found myself photographing Kinteel, an Chacoan ruin two miles of dirt road off of Route 9 in the Navajo reservation with my dad's Rolleiflex 3.5e2. It was probably the most 'in spirit' thing I could have been doing on Father's Day. I didn't plan it that way, but I guess I'm my father's son. He was an anthropologist and amateur photographer who died in 2005. I am not an anthropologist, but I've done my best to extend his legacy by sharing his thirst for cultural understanding with my kids, who were there taking photos with their iPhones.

Garrick's Photo Supply once supplied many professional photographers in Detroit, but like many old Detroit business establishments, it is long gone.

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