WORDS FROM GAY
These poems, discovered after her death, offer insight into Gay's photography and how she understood her life and her work.
Welcome to My World demonstrates her deep affection for the subjects she photographed. It is also like a huge “where’s Waldo game”, in the sense that each line references one and sometimes two different pictures — a delight to those who know her pictures.
In Artist Statement Gay moves our attention away from the techniques of her photography back to her amazing subjects.
WELCOME TO MY WORLD
I travel the world stealing images
Life spent in a valley of creeks and cliffs
Strong and meek jostle for dominance,
Oceans pounding, a farmers pride,
Horses run in a swirl of white
I watch as fox drink from a pond
A toad and I, eye to eye
So welcome to my world
FOR A FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY
Like milkweed seeds blow off on a windy day
Sometimes a few hang on
Let's make a pact to hang on tightly