© 2016 Hannah Papacek Harper

India, 2016, Asahi Pentax k 1000

Difficult to unknit the fabric.

I shy away from showing the relics, but I cannot help if this is what I saw.

Wrapped in valley

Black coffee and apple trees.

The cold held us every night. We thawed out in the sun.

India, 2016, Asahi Pentax k 1000

Arms stretched wide, the desert can only be benevolent.

But for our thirst and its erosion.

India, 2016, Asahi Pentax k 1000

Delicate to escape.

Dusty hands.

Over colour. Over there.

I watched from the opposite bank.

India, 2016, Asahi Pentax k 1000

A bridge runs through it.

Busy feet. A gust of perfume.

Don't look down.

there is another place on the tracks, others call home.

India, 2016, Asahi Pentax k 1000

Traces of alone. Un-alone

Climb. Un-climb

India, 2016, Asahi Pentax k 1000

A cow stops with us.

It might have been days that this desert stood still.

Then the wind rattles.

We all wait, unless we are sleeping.

Then one gets up and leaves.

But as his head rolls forward I almost missed it.

As the instant dissipated, the moment stayed.

This collection of images was used as a starting point for my artist book                                           , first a tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson's Images à la Sauvette.

It was selected in a competition to be exhibited at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. Later a second version was created for the ABBE (Artist Book Brisbane Event). Finally, the book was purchased by the Queensland State Library for permanent exhibit.

If you look at me, I look at you.

India, 2016, Asahi Pentax k 1000