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"Binding Reality" by Sophie Ammerman

I find myself shackled by insecurity

It creeps in, grasping my shallow breath

And binds my hands while my thumbs scroll

Through the silent cracked smiles of others

Who often think the same things of themselves

that I do about my material soul

Photos gather individual truths

They often capture hidden shadows

Or truths that are too ugly to be told

Yet are displayed to the world

Either as a lie to oneself

Or as a revelation to an alternative reality

When the photo is taken, it freezes time

It encapsulates a moment never to be seen again 

Yet humans, for examination, introspection, or otherwise fascination

Find joy in the ambiguity of photography

In its ability to both hide and reveal the truth

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