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Aside from the random cheap pair of sunglasses that I easily break or forget I ever had,I have never really been a sunnies kind of person.
Sure, it’s very sunny in my side of the tropics, and the glare off glass and seawaterare bad for the eyes, but I’ve always found them cumbersome.
I guess it helps that I don’t drive, or that as a passenger, I’m always curious about my surroundings.
I’ve always wanted to see things free of their trappings.
I have always been wary of any kind of illusion.
But even I can get tired and would rather hide from the truth.
It’s a characteristic of very private people never to flash their full deck of cards.
I guess shades are my way of hiding in plain sight.
Of letting other people see their own reflections instead of allowing them to peer into mine.
Yeah, I know, this is the age of the internet and social media, where nothing can be hidden.
But I prefer to step back and fade into the noise of the background.
Not that I have nothing to hide – there will come a time when all will be revealed.
Or it can also be that I haven’t really figured out for myself what I have to say will actually say.
There is time yet to be elusive and invisible.
There will always be something empty to utter, much more to withhold.
As Seamus Heaney said, “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”
Especially when there’s nothing we can hold on to, we have speech.
We have within and between us ever new ways of seeing.
Uniqlo jacket and belt, Levi’s jeans, SM Surplus shirt, Dirk Bikkembergs boots, Thom Browne sunglasses Cameo photographs by Jullian Mendoza