At the photographer’s, you can get a
portrait of your likeness after death, but the process is painstaking. A
newly engaged couple once proved so hard to satisfy, the photographer
had to continue the shoot the following day. Finally, at closing time
he’d managed to position them, and the light, the mark of such
photography, was also perfect. He turned off the lamps, locked up the
shop, and left the couple to stand in the studio overnight. ‘I love
you,’ whispered the girl in almost total darkness. Only a thin streak of
light from the street lamps pierced the studio from the store front. ‘I
love you too,’ replied her fiancé, ‘but stand still now and look right
into the camera.’
by Carsten René Nielsen
'Photography' is copyright © Carsten René Nielsen, 2011. It is reprinted from House Inspections (BOA Editions, 2011), which was translated with an Introduction by David Keplinger and published by BOA Editions in 2011.
Notes from BOA Editions:
Born in 1966, Carsten René Nielsen is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Enogfyrre dyr (2005) and Husundersøgelser (2008). His book of selected prose poems, The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors,
was published in English by New Issues Poetry and Prose in 2007. His
poetry has been featured in magazines in Italy, Germany, Canada, and the
US. Nielsen lives in Aarhus, in Denmark. You can read more about
Carsten René Nielsen at his website here, and find him on Facebook here.
David Keplinger, the translator of Nielsen's work, has won a number
of awards including the Colorado Book Award, Truman State University's
T.S. Eliot Prize, a NEA fellowship, and grants from the Danish Arts
Council. He directs the MFA Program at American University in
Washington, D.C. Find out more about him on this page.
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