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Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Salt Publishing (8 Sep 2008)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1844714756
ISBN-13: 978-1844714759
Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.2 cm
I am A Camera

"I am a camera," she whispered to herself in the shower, sliding her fingers along the rail already installed for the day when she wouldn't be able to find her way out. She thought of herself as one of those old devices with a photographer hiding under a cloth, producing sepia-washed pictures. She clicked and whirred and stored images inside. She catalogued scenes from her memory, faces and landscapes, each titled for easy access, later on. Later on. 

When the day came, the shutters of her camera floundered against the darkness. She sat still, noises pressing around her, and opened her photo album. "May 1st, Brighton, me and Simon," she murmured, and her inside eye saw the colours and textures, bright and alive. Images came up as she bid them. 

    "Stay with me," she whispered, the pixels dancing on the inside of her eyelids. She gripped the arms of the chair. 

    "Stay with me," she demanded, but the colours were already starting to fade.


Tania Hershman 2012

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