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Eyes always scanning
for half-hidden moments,
I fingered with
the strap of my camera,
figuring a best way
to secure its holder with,
in a dignified manner

I ruined shirts lying on dirty ground,
agonised between a stand-up,
half-squat or kneeling position
and fussed before clicking,
rejoicing in my indecision

always stolidly retorting
jealous critics' reactions
with an "I'm taking photos based on feeling"

despite such precautions
and the regime of a simplistic kind of good,
I was later embarrassed
at how a resolve to capture the world
from my unique point of view
has degenerated into
a securing session of the superficial


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1 posted 05-22-2003 01:07 PM       View Profile for kaile   Email kaile   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kaile

er, for Severn to compare and contrast with, if she gets to see this

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This is sad, particularly the last stanza.  I've always told people that I have a lot of respect for the art of photography, as I've known quite a few extremely talented photographers who knew how to take a picture of something that so brilliantly captured its essence, its feeling...

I can only imagine how heartbreaking it must be for you to finally secure such a passionate thing as photography in your career, only to have it degenerate into something superficial...

My advice?  If this is how you make money, then do it for the sake of making money... the danger of mixing one's art with one's career is that they will often find that what they have to offer isn't what's being asked.

Do it in your spare time as well... I'm sure there are people who can appreciate the beauty of your work.  Who knows, maybe someday you'll hit it big, and then the general populace will actually want to see your more artistic works.

Enjoyed reading this, Kaile... a very important subject matter, put to a well written poem.  Thanks for your contributions to Sanctuary.

Parasite

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~Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Kaile...
enjoy the subject matter an dthe thoughts here..I struggled a bit with the first stanza wording... but overall enjoyed a great deal the presentation...

always an insight into your world and often into the world we all experience in some ways when I read one of your offerings..

 
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