Words with Pictures 

Words with Pictures is a weekly two-part post that pairs photographers and writers. The first week, a writer is given a photograph to inspire the creation of a new piece of writing. The following week the photographer is given a piece of writing and responds with a new photographic piece. This series is curated by Conveyor Editor Dominica Paige.

Leif Huron and Jane Flett {Part 2}

I bunked off today.
I closed the laptop lid and cooed, “Hush child, stay here; I promise I’ll return.”
The sun had already sucked the water from the marshland.  All that was left was spittle and dandelion clocks, fragments of glass glittering like the mosaics of waterfalls.
A Hasidic Jew cycled by through the grass.  It was strange to see him there, so far from town.  He looked like a black paper doorway pasted onto a painting of summer.
I did not try to step through him.
I was busy counting the buttercups and the daisies and recording the tallies in a squared maths jotter.  So far, the daisies were trouncing the buttercups seventy-nine to forty and it seemed the buttercups were losing faith, preparing themselves for the button-lipped disappointment of the car ride home.
I was holding out, however, even allowing a jaunty cirrus to distract me from a daisy clump or two: “Aloha, buddy! How’s the view up there?”

I have always had a thing for the underdog.
At the end of the marshes lay the octopus tree, beckoning for a hug with his open branches.  There was nothing to do but clamber, scuff-kneed, into the boughs.
I found a nook to rest my cheek against and inhaled the smell of broken pencils.  I knew I would be safe here from the protestations of the working week, from its spindly, tyrannous fingers.
I knew, if I wanted it, the afternoon was mine. I was free as a feather to play kiss chase with my brain.

Jane Flett lives in London where she writes stories, plays synthpunk cello solos and drinks too much gin. You can visit her at: {www.janeflett.com}

Leif Huron studied film direction and cinematography at the Academy of Film, Television and Performing Arts in Prague, CZ.  His films and photographs have been featured as part of the American Photo 2008 Photos of the Year competition, Rush Arts Gallery Freeze Frame exhibition at Art Basel Miami, VUU Collective 2011 Group Show at K&K Gallery, and at Diagonale 2011 Film Festival, Graz, Austri, among others.  He is currently a Candidate for MFA in Photography and Related Media at Parsons The New School for Design. Leif lives and works in Brooklyn.  {www.leifhuron.com}

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