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Amelia Elyson

I spend all day effortlessly distracted from you 

but then night falls 

and I think of all the things you made me feel 

And how safe I felt in your arms 

and I trudge through evening until

I can cocoon myself in bittersweet dreams 

Of You. 

Last week I turned up to your party 

At 2am, staggering and reeling 

As burning liquor coursed through

my veins. And you smiled at me 


the way you used to

and you looked in my eyes

for the first time in months 

and I felt everything 

and nothing all at once. 

I seem stuck in this purgatory 

and everything leads back to you. 

I’m not going backwards but 

I’m not going forwards either 

and I’m tired of feeling like I’m falling 

With no safety net when I look at you.

But regardless, the earth keeps turning

And even though the stars remind me of you

And I can’t help but ache a little 

Every night away from you pulls me

Further from your intoxicating orbit 

Of take and more take. One day the

Memories of you won’t feel so tangible

And maybe I'll look at the night sky and 

See only the night sky.

Do you think I’ll finally be at peace?

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My own work is self-labelled as documentary photography, out of a lack of a better title. By carrying a camera daily, I aim to embody the spirit of the Brownie in making the means to photography ready to me at every moment, without obstruction – by doing so, I can take a photograph of anything that captures my eye and interests me enough to preserve. Any of us can do this these days, with a camera readily available in our pockets around the clock – and many of us do so without even thinking about it. Next time you take your phone out to take a photograph, whether it is of your friends or of something that caught your eye, think about how you are participating in the act of documenting your life through photography. Make prints of your favourites, display them on your walls, share them with your friends and family. Follow the tradition of those who came before you and took their own snapshots documenting their lives. Everyone is a documentary photographer today, and this is a good thing.

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