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Give Me Some Light and Someone Lovely

Give me some light and someone lovely.

I have no interest in making you look attractive. Hot. Beautiful. Nor even good.
I could give a shit.

We all have masks. We all straighten when we discover the mirror.
Only children and the blind are unconcerned in what others see.

There is a struggle when shooting the experienced and seasoned.
These women travel the world, toes fully extended for that slim calf,
Narrow waists, hips flared out like river bends.
Their arched backs have brought them to all the world’s beaches and infinity pools.

And now to me.

You have to be patient with these masks, these walls.
Chip away, frame by frame, word by word.
Will it come? Can I coax it out?
Can I cause them to lower their weapons?

I will wait.
A sniper right next to you.

And then, here you are, suddenly in the room, muscles go slack, posture rounds.
Your eyes have filled with meaning and thoughts, emotion and regret, old jokes and plans for tomorrow.

I shoot.

Now. People will ask me
Who was she?
What was she thinking?
What is going on here?

Give me some light and someone lovely.

Julia, Moscow, Russia; Leica MP 0.72, 35mm Summilux, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Julia, Moscow, Russia; Leica MP 0.72, 35mm Summilux, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

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