los angeles


polaroids from los angeles. november 2010.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
turned around backwards so the windshield shows.
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse.
Still, it’s so much clearer.
I forgot my shirt at the water’s edge.
The moon is low tonight.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
I’m not sure all these people understand.
It’s not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
of recklessness and water.
They cannot see me naked.
These things, they go away,
replaced by everyday.

Nightswimming, remembering that night.
September’s coming soon.
I’m pining for the moon.
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?
That bright, tight forever drum
could not describe nightswimming.

You, I thought I knew you.
You I cannot judge.
You, I thought you knew me,
this one laughing quietly underneath my breath.
Nightswimming.

The photograph reflects,
every streetlight a reminder.
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night.

Nightswimming by R.E.M

  • teri said:

    love these! i just moved away from los angeles less than 2 months ago and i'm drowning in nostalgia, my still-fresh memories, through your polaroids. i am going back this week for a visit and photo sessions and couldn't be more grateful. thank you for sharing!

  • alicia said:

    I'm in love with every one of these and completely drooling over the colors.

  • Nirav said:

    Heck yeah Samm! These are fantastic :).

  • These are fantastic Samm! I'm buying a poloroid and would love to know what these were shot with.