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Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)

written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing

(28) Photographs in the Bedroom

"Haven't checked emails for weeks, will make it brief. Just to let you know, from the Thar Desert I'm jumping in Paul Salopek's epic walk. We've just arrived at Kalibangan, a less known site of Harappan culture. For days we tramped on debris of potsherds, bones and broken bricks. Paul still gets contemplative whenever he makes such encounters. After travelling on foot for more than six years, he turns much tanner and has worn out three pairs of shoes. But this is only 6,000 miles, less than a third of his 'across the world' journey. By the way I totally support the idea of the Photo Museum. How awesome can that be to know your friend won a lottery and would give it all to the great course of doing something for humanity. There's a lot on my mind that we can do, but I'm leaving that to my next email ... hugs from the land of 1.3 billions. Hill. Sent from my iPhone".

"Come quickly, an email from Hilly!" Mr. Bento signals his wife who just enters the room, to come over to the computer and share the email.

"Is she still in India?" asks Mrs. Bento, sitting down beside Mr. Bento, still holding the disc she took from the third floor library.

"I guess so. I'll shoot back an email later so we'll know. What's that in your hand?"

"I found something from the library you might be interested in. It's a cd about photography." She takes a look at the cd, "actually it's a conversation, yes, a conversion of, ahmm, some photographs in the bedroom."

"Let's see." Mr. Bento takes the cd and look at the insert "A conversation of Five photographs in our bedroom: The Rose, The Kiss, The Blue Banjo, The Apple, Two Women. Have you played it yet? Do you know whose recording it is?"

"Don't know. It's from the third floor library, and you know what, I also notice there are many photo books. Maybe you should come up with me and take a look yourself."

"I don't think it's a good idea. Violet has entrusted the library to you, and you should guard it with respect. Though, I must admit I'm very curious to know what this conversation is about - if it is really about photography. I think you should put it back in its place."

All of a sudden Mrs. Bento senses a warm blush rises to her cheeks. She feels like a child being caught in the act of stealing candies. She thinks about reading the diaries of MM, enjoying every moment she spent in a room full of memories and emotion - all these things she no longer brings up and shares with Mr. Bento. For a split second the door bell rings:



"Sushi Grass in Paradise" is an on-going story. To read the full length version with previous chapters, please visit- https://oceanpounds.com/blogs/sushi-grass-in-paradise



Photo work by Holly Lee

I love maps. My lust for travel led me to many railways and subways. Maps and objects, together they bring memories - a remembrance of time lost. These photographs, created at different times, reflected my activities during specific periods, when I was passionately engaging in alternative forms of photography.

One of my travel brought me to Maxilla & Mandible "the bone shop" in New York City, where I bought the maxilla of a beaver skull. When I did this work, the Twin Towers were still standing. Another trip brought me to Prague, in the Czech Republic, to the Old Town Square, where the Astronomical Clock still strikes at every hour, where I accidentally met my blacksmith at a shop in the old Jewish Ghetto. I still regret my trip in Dunhuang, China, where a large part of my memory of the journey had somehow evaporated, except the few images I took, permanently locked and disguised as flowing experience - riding camels in the Gobi Desert, breathing the air the Tang people breathed and hearing the songs the Mountain of Singing Sands sang one and a half millennium ago. The first Contact Photography Festival in Toronto was in 1997. When we landed we just missed it by a few months. In the Summer of 1998, I used the CONTACT map guide to surf around photography exhibition locations. I received this fax of friends celebrating a grand meal, imagining I was there.

Maxilla & Mandible, New York City, 1992.
Photo Transfer on watercolour paper

Blacksmith, Praha, 1992.
Photo Transfer on watercolour paper

多倫多五月及燭光之喜悦 - 與 Beatriz 的電郵
Toronto May and Candle Cheers, an email to Beatrix, 1999.
Ink-jet print

Wind of Tang and Sand of The Mountain of Singing Sand, 1991

City Flower on Kowloon Map, 1990




Wang Miao
Steppes of Inner Mongolia, 1991 (#970256)
8"x10", c-type photograph
(printed in 1997)
OP Edition, with "OP editions" blind-stamp
Edition 3/20, signed and numbered on verso
Featured in the OP EDITIONS catalogue, issue 9701 in 1997

OP editions are limited edition photographs from the OP Print Program we organized since 1995. After we moved to Toronto, the Program was still in operation for the first five years. Over hundreds of artists have been included, with photographs released as small format limited editions, in 8”x10” fibre-based black and white or chromogenic colour photographs. We plan to publish here, a selection from the collection on a weekly basis. Some of the photographs from OP EDITIONS are available at OCEAN POUNDS online shop.



Issue 0816-2019

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