Peel Off Your Mask

Peel Off Your Mask

With your gas-guzzling jet to climate talks
And your seaside mansion where your bodyguards walk
And your forest mansion where you change the locks
To keep out the foreigners who stalk and mock

Why don’t you jump in a big cold lake?
Why don’t you peel off your mask, snake?

With your feminist libertine gender-fluid screeds
And your pronouncements from your penthouse suites
With your promises while mounted on your big black steed
And your fake compassion for the people in need

Why don’t you jump in a big cold lake?
Why don’t you peel off your mask, snake?

With your Freudian Marxist postmodern goals
To abolish the original building codes
With your millions, you ask me to carry your load
While you daydream by your feces-covered road

Why don’t you jump in a big cold lake?
Why don’t you peel off your mask, snake?

With your presumptions to tell me how to live
What to relinquish, what to keep, what to give
As your mummified words drip through your sieve
Into the mainstream to pollute the clear river

Why don’t you jump in a big cold lake?
Why don’t you peel off your mask, snake?

With your eagerness to capitalize
On every crisis like a carnival prize
With your prideful persistence to self-aggrandize
And glamorize your outsized ego and your lies

Why don’t you jump in a big cold lake?
Why don’t you peel off your mask, snake?

~Day Williams

September 9: “Las Vegas Strip”: Street Photography by Day Williams

Las Vegas Street Photography Series

by Day Williams

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(Purchase “Rose Reflection, Las Vegas” poster.)

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.” ~Andre Kertesz

 

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Quotations by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson:

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.

To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.

The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.

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