Exclusive: “Ghosts of Crossroads” by Benjamin Askinas

When we are found at a new crossroads we often use it as a time to figure out who we are now, who we were, where we are going. We are blocked by a somewhat heartbreaking checkpoint – stop in the road where we are forced to look into ourselves, out of ourselves and all around. We are in motion.

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Photographer Benjamin Askinas uses long and double exposure to encapsulate these haphazard moments of life. And who better to epitomize this transience than Brook Power, a free spirit whose magnetic energy seizes our eyes….

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The ghosts of roads traveled
Parts of me that are supposed to be covered and now exposed
Delicacy has trickled off me—
I’m restless

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Often I don’t wait–
I’m anxious for a breath to fill in the space
Waiting for a free rhythm

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Something indicates you’re behind me
Trailing my muffled steps
I refuse to be adrift
Yet I cannot ignore your lecherous shadow
Depriving me of purity

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Yet I keep looking behind me —
For the ghosts of my crossroads
With every step they melt off me
What I want to be is unlatched

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My movements are bottomless
I walk freely at night
I don’t believe in looking where I’m going
I am an old loneliness
I frolic with my ghosts

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