1213-2019


DOUBLE DOUBLE
Writings/ Photographs/ Poetry/ Archives
A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
李家昇黃楚喬網上雜誌,逢星期五出版

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CURRENT WORK

Lee Ka-sing
A day in the life while he was a young man
from DUET series, 2019

 


Early morning


Windy


The interior


Window


The other side


An island


Let go


The tree is talking


Illusion


Joyfulness


Task


Nightmare 

 

CURRENT WORK

Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)

written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing

(44) Halloween

A few weeks ago, Ginger and Mrs. Bento had to make a quick trip to Home Depot to get a new bathroom fan. The fan in one of the guest rooms was not working, and they also wanted to return the adjustable locking plier they bought but never used. Yes, another fine day, blue sky white clouds and all, all you can ask for some late October gorgeous weather.

After they’d finished returning the appliance at the service counter, they were surprised and delighted to meet a band of nightmarish figures dressed for Halloween: an all white-furry bear with grisly sharp teeth and glassy green eye balls, an eyeless wizard wearing his signature pointed hat, the long grey hair of his eye brows joining his beards, the green face wicked Witch of the West from the Land of Oz jetting out a malicious laugh. And there, hauntingly stood a female ghost figure that Ginger was afraid of most. Dressed in a white robe, she had dark-circled, big black eyes and parted long dark hair from the middle of her head. There were skull warriors, Dracula in his coffin rising up, and a zombie in blood-drenched ripped clothes, its hair, teeth, nails and one of its eye were falling off…despite the ‘inflicted’ terror Ginger was overjoyed to wander in this hellish warehouse. She kept circling around the ‘dead’ and made selfies. Her instagrams has a few hundred followers.

Mrs. Bento remembered some years ago Ginger was still interested to dress up for Halloween. One year she was the Goddess Athena, designed herself a scaled golden armour, helmet and a beige long dress, a live-size plastic owl she bought from Dollarama perched on her left shoulder. Another year she was the Superwoman, holding the big styrofoam hammer she stole from her teammate Thor. And approaching this year’s Halloween, Mrs. Bento heard that one out of 5 adults would buy a costume for their pets. Ginger would never do that. She refuses to dress Cigar in any occasions. She said bat wings, lobster, gingerbread man, cowboy, Frankenstein, plush shark, bumble bee, pumpkin, vampire, ghostbusters, stegosaurus et cetera et cetera prove to be just too much and, too humiliating for the pride of any real animals. And genuinely, Cigar, without any Halloween costume, looks already very Halloween in his real black and white fur costume. All you have to do is to make him hiss…thought Mrs. Bento. Oh, and Ginger told Mrs. Bento, this year many people will choose to dress up like the Skeksis, the part reptile, part vulture, part dragon antagonists of the recently revived puppet TV series The Dark Crystal. Mrs. Bento got it. She just finished watching the season finale with Cigar half asleep on her lap.

Unlike ghost festivals in many places in Asia, clever commoditization has made Halloween more fashionable, bigger and better. It is one of North America’s favourite festivals and holidays next to Christmas. More than 2 million North Americans celebrated the event, spending billions on candy and decorations. Out of the many houses that were decorated for Halloween, Mrs. Bento loved the ones that were plain. Homeowners simply hanged a few ghost-like figures on the trees, big and small, all made out of plastic bags. They were cheap to make, they danced and billowed like little scary spirits and, for a moment, felt eerily real.

 

"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

 

 

WORK IN ARCHIVE

在深圳拍一張加拿大國家銀行年報的照片
Shooting an annual report for National Bank of Canada in Shenzhen China
A Poem by Holly Lee
(written in 1985)

 

在深圳拍一張加拿大國家銀行年報的照片

我們整理我們的閃燈設備
他們整理身旁的陌生人
和陌生人的器械
正午的陽光
一把掃向
草帽下
一張一張
裂開又合着的嘴巴
我忽然想起
計程車內新聞員的報導
中國十萬人中有一名牙醫

紅旗在後面飛揚
兩個人在鏡頭前的懸崖
友好談笑
也不知是什麼年代
我們要求天藍
藍得更深沉
巨大的吊機
徏移到指定的方位
兩個人以不同的語言
不同的視差
審視一個共同的建設

昨天的泥濘
沈默地支荷着
我們踏着的大道
玻璃牆幕豪華酒店新型遊樂場
為了一面
鏡頭前飄揚的紅旗
我們跑倦了每所商場每個店子
十一月的早上
陽光長長的
懶腰
一把伸向
窗櫥內
一瓶一瓶
紅色藍色乳白色的
資生堂

(一九八五年)

 


Holly Lee - An assignment, on location shooting in Shenzhen for an annual report for the National Bank of Canada.

 


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DOUBLE DOUBLE
Issue 1213-2019

A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
Published by Ocean and Pounds and archived at oceanpounds.com
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Holly and Ka-sing currently live in Toronto with their daughter Iris, and their cat Sukimoto.

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