Kharkov Diary

Between going and staying the day wavers / in love with its own transparency. / The circular afternoon is now a bay / where the world in stillness rocks. / All is visible and all elusive, / all is near and can't be touched. / Paper, book, pencil, glass, / rest in the shade of their names. / Time throbbing in my temples repeats / the same unchanging syllable of blood. / The light turns the indifferent wall / into a theater of reflections. / I find myself in the middle of an eye, / watching myself in its blank stare. / The moment scatters.  Motionless, / I stay and go: I am a pause.

                                                                                                                      ––Octavio Paz, trans. Eliot Weinberger from the Spanish


Kharkov (2016) is an open-ended exploration of everyday life in Ukraine's second largest city, in pictures made in the summer and winter of 2015.