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Columns by Artists and Writers

Bob Black / Cem Turgay / Fiona

Smyth / Gary Michael Dault / Holly

Lee / Kai Chan / Kamelia Pezeshki

/ Lee Ka-sing / Mak Fung / Shelley

Savor / Tamara Chatterjee / Wilson

Tsang +Eleven drawings on camera

(Tomio Nitto)

MONDAY ARTPOST published on Mondays. Columns by Artists and Writers. All Right Reserved. Published since 2002.

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“In a world without


nightingales would

start burping.”

Emil Cioran


Wilson Tsang


Poem a Week

Gary Michael Dault

The Birds Returning

the birds come back

like a shower of sparks

as the winds

wipe away the winter

each bird

carries a blade of grass

in its beak

for weaving

the counterpane of spring

their song

drowns out

the hiss of traffic

and relines

the ante-rooms

of summer

Note: I wrote this in early April of 2020. It must

have seemed to me, despite the surging of COVID,

an essentially pastoral time. I could not write such a

poem now, during these war-torn, politically fragile

days. GMD

Yesterday Hong Kong

Mak Fung

Des Voeux Rd. Central, Hong Kong (1959). Gelatin silver photograph, 8x10 inch

From the collection of Lee Ka-sing and Holly Lee


Lee Ka-sing

Caffeine Reveries

Shelley Savor

Touring Through Mycelium Magic


Holly Lee

1. (suggested by Edwin) Figure Studies: Yukimi Akiba: The Body as Unraveled


2. Japan’s Replica foods


From the Notebooks


Gary Michael Dault

Number 135: One Flower (May 19, 2012)


Kai Chan

Landscape, ink and pencil on paper

The Photograph

coordinated by

Kamelia Pezeshki

The Better Half by Keijo Tapanainen


Cem Turgay

Leaving Taichung


Bob Black

Birdsong and Teeth

upon your eyes, the extraordinary

pollen draped and over the sill comes complexing

the bodily lightselves and the we and the you all around, us

and yet hidden from most beneath the exterior of our outward simplicity,

the cranial wrapping of our cerebral intestines, whaling inside a calcium

cage the contains fire and imagination in

the stream of our patch worked dendritic chemistry

put that in your bonnet as your toes mark up the rusting river song

indeed the extraordinary subcutaneous shaped death

bawks at itself

dominion and dominoes dodging thoughts,

this return to our preservative wombs in glass:

and yet

each failing dark opens the morning sung in feather and bony beak


forgotten in the 6:00 am song, we a thought

how long our teeth torment us all our life, that creeking aging

and yet there they remain,

outlive our dissolution white as scrimshaw, small leviathans,

outward from our mousy skin dryed in time’s bath and hanging boneloose

what a remarkable heartbreak

even in this corporal failing:


the world was dark inside the wolf


the birds go on sounding, even in the dark


upon your eyes, 10,000 lives voyaged 10,000 Li

Travelling Palm


Tamara Chatterjee

France (March, 2022) – Airline travel has

certainly changed over the last few years; I

used to find solace looking out the passenger

window feeling a connection to the nuts

and bolts, watching clouds curve over and

under the wings with the velocity of flight.

These days though with masks and mandates

it doesn’t have the same sense of calm and

excitement. Alas; I’m safe and sound back

in the comforts of the jungle oasis, joyfully

reminiscing of my adventure overseas despite

the added nasal swab.


Fiona Smyth

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Tomio Nitto 日 塔 富 夫 is an award-winning graphic artist who has been living in Toronto

for over fifty years. A successful illustrator before the turn of the century, he is represented by

the prestigious graphic design studio REACTOR, working for major magazines and commercial

clients in Canada and the United States.

Tomio Nitto lives a minimal, easy peasy life. He doesn’t own a tv, a cell phone, a computer,

nor a car. He loves to walk and bike. In his spare time, Tomio paints, draws and sketches from

nature. In fact his art is largely inspired by nature’s relationship with the human race. His

graphic fable “The Red Rock”, which delivers a strong environmental message, was published

in 2006. The Camera drawing project began in 2010, resulting in an exhibition at INDEXG

in 2013. His most recent project and exhibition “Diary of Wonders” was based on discarded

materials collected from the shorelines of Leslie Spit. Through fine treatment and painting he

has injected each piece of scrap a new life, making them into meticulous and unique pieces

of objects. Diary of Wonders - an exhibition of these small works were shown at 50 Gladstone

Saloon (formerly Gallery 50) in 2021.

Tomio Nitto

Eleven drawings

on camera

Tomio Nitto drawing a Leica M (2010)

Tomio came to our gallery very

often. One day, I asked him

if he was interest in drawing

my cameras. Holly and I have

been working as photographers

for decades, and we have

accumulated quite a horde of

cameras in different formats.

That was the beginning of

Tomio’s camera drawing

project. We used a small corner

of the gallery to display his

camera drawings, and named it

“Tomio Nitto Camerashop”. In

the course of time he has drawn

over fifty cameras, some based

on mine, and others, cameras

from our friends. These are

available as prints, and for fun,

as buttons.

Kodak folding bed

4.25x6.5 on 620 rollfilm

Sea Gull twin-lens

120 rollfilm

Polaroid SX 70

Rollei 35T


Tomio Nitto and the SINAR Handy with 65mm lens (2010)



Tomio Nitto (2010)

Zone VI


Tomio Nitto (2010)

Paillard Bolex H16 RX


Polaroid 190

Leica M3


Linhof Super Technika IV




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