Jungjin Lee Unnamed Road

Through my camera lens

I heard the roar

of Israel and Palestine

ever present, in the desert and in the city


I hoped

to gaze at the presence of the land

without being affected by its accumulated sorrow and desires

without adding my personal thoughts,

like the silence of an olive tree

rooted through long histories


But I realized

that I was seeing

not the land but my own mind,

and knew it was time to leave


Jungjin Lee

December 2011

All images: courtesy Jungjin Lee