Twilight Island

A silent equation unbinds deep rings of fire,

Palpable in damp ravines

And oceans gathering around the island's edge.

Out of the parabola of the skies,

Summer galloped in with its sad stillness

Full of slow time and blinding rays.

© Leslie Hakim-Dowek - 2018

This photobook (dummy) was nominated for the Mack First Book Award and was featured in online magazine Photomonitor:

As time slips into stones,

Shallow moons fall into tepid lakes

And girls hover in their reflections

Living scene by scene.

I once lapsed into numbness,

Perhaps, I am here or lost dreaming of,

A colony of peaks soaring into orbs of distance,

Rhythmic forest that swell into lunatic terrors

And, diagonal rains which seep in

Shadows of feathers, shadows of needles,

Full of breath and the holler of myths.


Twilight island is a poetic contemplation of a time spent on a volcanic island. This book resonates with a subtext of several themes and thresholds. Sometimes these are polarised such as the vast wilderness we live in and the coming of age of two girls, my twin daughters; an earthly stage where generational rites and rituals have come into being but to which, we remain largely oblivious.

A succession of vistas from volcanic craters to desert plateaux is juxtaposed with landmarks of memory and recreational spaces where spectacles are set to unfold in a cycle of endless tourism.

In a culture terminally ill with amnesia in which temporal boundaries have weakened, an axis is drawn between the earthly transformations over millennia which are laid bare on this island and our compulsive stream of capture. A stream that seeks to provide a brief anchoring of an ever-transitory present within the inherent silence and stillness of a photograph. 

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