Words by Holly Lee. Response in picture by Lee Ka-sing

Thoughts on photography I

We did not update it's Bertrand's face
after ten some years
image of his younger self remains when
we have a new embrace
I wonder if he recognizes us
looking from the other way

His book launch was in Stephen's new gallery space
Dundas street changes too, a whole lot
old houses demolished new condos replace
just two days ago a wind storm brought down
the tall tree opposite our house
blocking the road creating a selfie hot spot

Le Capteur his recent monograph is personal poetry
his diaries his solitude his life lived under a magnifying glass
his back vanishing in the dark his face basking in sunset red
from there I also recall another friend
Michel, shooting self-shadows with his lens
among gardens, among growths, on carpet flower beds 

A picnic table with empty plates, glasses, ashtrays and bottles
seats still warm people's chattering and laughing still linger
a wind blows open white curtains extending into a room
the movement and stillness in Wyeth's paintings
Avedon's book of portraits laid on the sand
his ailing father seated, gave a disorientated gaze

Isn't it all about us, our families, friends
and the people in our circle of life
your world in my eyes
my world in your eyes
room of mirrors indefinite skies
we camouflage make vignette we blur the line

So many images, so many collections of life
sometimes bored I feel why bother
but then I thought perhaps I don't see enough
know enough or dig deep enough
into the different sources of light to know each photon
carries its packet of energy, its own mass and life

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