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Renee Chin Lee: Hiatus - Tony Ward Studio

Renee Chin Lee: Hiatus

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Photography and Text by Renee Chin Lee

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As I ventured north on the mainland of Trinidad, I stopped along the way.  Bending back around the windy road, the jeep came to a gradual stop.  Onward I walked to a simple something that caught my eye.

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It was not the Hot Spot nor the leather shop that intrigued me.  The mango chow, marinating in its traditional juices, presented itself in a row with the other delicate treats the villagers wished to be sold.  Yet, my interest was not to be found here.

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The single car-width bridge brought me ever closer to the object of my intrigue.  I reflected as to any memory I had of seeing a crossing wide enough for just one automobile.  Where had I stopped, a modern place or a time in history?

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I strolled inquisitively towards it.  A wooden frame perpendicular to the ground of the garden materialized, with a smaller timber piece near the top of the frame running parallel to the earth.  God’s ceramic Lamb suffered here in eternal sin and martyrdom.

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Where was I?  What kind of place was this?  The epiphany came.   To each his own.  What maybe a stop along the way to me, is someone else’s everything.  What was a temporary source of personal intrigue was an entire world to others.  A whole domain, so quaint and undisturbed, utterly jarring while magnificently halcyon.

 

Photography and Text by Renee Chin Lee, Copyright 2016

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About The Author: Renee Chin Lee is a junior and Systems Engineer major at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017.

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