Photographs courtesy of Hedi Slimane
Chapter 6 : Centaur on a wheelchair
He is grizzled, and rusty, for sure, but nevertheless remains dignified, his elegant profile refusing to lower in acceptance of his loss, losing being the only empire that deigns to be ruled by him now, as he slides inexorably towards his last horizons, once pure gleaming bronze, now patches of rust sliding across his still defined and perennially tanned body, as if the passing clouds are projecting their shadows on the screen of his existence, a statue lost in time, a god of sea stranded on faithless land, a conch that no longer sings of the waves but only echoes its own serpentine, porcelain silence, sitting as if ossified, on the throne of his majestic tractor, regally transported but simultaneously incapacitated by this vehicle, riding solemnly on the immense quartet of black rubber wheels, rotating but trapped air being his only foundation, his acquired invalidity tauntingly granted epic dimensions by the mechanical mass imperceptibly trembling underneath, the contrived metal piping emanating a peculiarly lulling metal racket, an incessant firing of muffled automatic machine guns, a miniature war, mockingly donating only fragments of it’s possible spoils to the poor, deluded king that rides it, the tires, pumped, echoing ironically the tautness of his ancient muscles, his beard counting, hair by white hair, the winters sweeping across his face, as the shadow of the oak tree traces cycles on his land, once virtuous, now he is not so sure anymore.
In perfect compliance with a silent but austere routine, our boy will drop a towel on the sand, and instead of lying on the emanated heat, stored during the day, nature a kind hostess thoughtfully foreseeing the comfort of her night visitors, soon to be arriving, in pairs mostly, the durability of sand an impossibly concentrated power contained in imperceptible smithereens, a secret that teaches us of scale and time.
Note: A Fragile Accomplishment is a novel written and presented on Un nouVeau iDeal by Panagiotis HadjistefanouAll photographs, kind courtesy of Hedi Slimane