Journeyings and Visitations II – Unstable Places

Over the holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to reflect upon time, upon travel, and on my journeying this past year.

What I discovered was that I am often struck by places of instability and ambiguity, in which the past leaks through to the present and I invariably lose all sense of time and place.

These are an alternative kind of “time bubble,” sometimes terrifying, sometimes absurd, always simply irresistible.

I present just over half a dozen of these dream-like places here, with accompanying lines of poetry…

Prada, Aoyama, Tokyo  (プラダ、青山、東京)/  Shopper silhouetted against glowing façade  /  A ghost from the Edo period

Ai Wei Wei, London, the Chinese Zodiac(艾未未)/ French and British looters at the fabled Summer Palace (圆明园)/ The brutal past revived at auction

Jemaa el Fnaa, Marrakesh ( جامع الفناء) / Night of a thousand jinns (ليل الجن) / Al-Kutubiyya Mosque flickers into existence (الكتبية)

L’Institut du monde arabe, Jean Nouvel, Paris / Apertures filtering out the harsh sunlight / Latticed windows onto the distant past

Praça do Comércio OU Terreiro do Paço, Lisboa / Commercial Square OR Royal Square, Lisbon / Royal Palace AND Lisbon Earthquake, 1755

Haga, Gothenburg, Sweden / 19th century working-class suburb OR 21st century café quarter / Two men and a cellphone

I spy over Dubai, another World  / Coalescing like pearls through the dust and fog  / Dissolving slowly into the Persian Gulf

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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