Carnaval com graça

“Olha que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graça Look, such a pretty thing, so full of grace. “É ela menina que vem que passa She’s that girl you see passing by “Num doce balanço, caminho do mar In a gentle sway, on her way to the sea “Moça do corpo dourado do sol de…

San Agustín: the Double Me

The “Double me”. San Agustín, Colombia. 1983. We’d left our two year-old daughter in the care of her grandparents in Bogotá and set off with our friends to the lost valley of San Agustín in the Colombian Andes. Around 3300 BC, this precolumbian culture, started to occupy the region of San Agustín (obviously a post…

Pot-pourri 21-1

Mr. Simon Simba, Esq. Vincennes zoo, Paris, early 80’s. Kenya-born Minette, Paris, c.1972. My parents brought the cat back from Africa. They did not bring her BFF the dog back. We had words. “Silently a flower blooms.” Zenkei Shibayama. Tlalpan, Mexico city. 2020. A small Gothic church. Taverny, north of Paris. This church was finished…

Carnival of carnivals

“Is this legal? Maybe I should fine them all?” Paris, 1977. I was just out of the Army, 3 weeks away from Grad school. I set out on the streets of Paris with my faithful Asahi Pentax and a few rolls of Ilford film. May have been 400 “ASA”, my ammo of choice then. Would…

21 “easy pieces” for the New Year

We changed lockdown location for Christmas. Rented a house South of Mexico city, outside a little town called Tepoztlán. 500 metres below Mexico city. Much warmer. We spent a week with a view on the sacred mountains and escaped once on the 25th for a Street Art safari. Duly masked, early morning to avoid crowds.…

Merry Noël and Bonne New Jahr

A chance mural, taken from the car in a rapid succession of snaps last Sunday in Tepoztlán. A pretty little town South of Mexico city. Sun and heat. Lots of great art. Need to go back. (With proper masks and distance, naturally). Merry Christmas, Feliz Natal, Joyeux Noël, Frölische Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, Hyvää…

World street art

Fiat lux. Power plant, Bogotá, Colombia. Simba the lion. Singapore, 2017. Shere Kahn the tiger. San Francisco, 2016. Il a un poil dans la main. In French we say of a lazy person “s/he has a hair in the hand”. Obviously can’t work much with a hair in your hand, can you? Tulum, 2020. (Or…

Rodin, part 2

Prayer, by Auguste Rodin. B&W photos are “argentic”, Ilford on Asahi-Pentax, 1981. Colour photos from 2016, after the Rodin Museum renovation. (Iphone, hehe!) As I digitalized my old B&W pix and compared them to the “new ones”, I was surprised I’d taken almost the exact same shots. “Young woman with a hat”. The same young…

Street art Paris

Gare du Nord, Northern station, Paris. c.2016. Run folks, run! Beep beep! Flea market at Saint-Ouen. Love each other. Butte-aux-cailles, Paris. L. to r. Coluche, a late French humorist (one of the greatest), and Prince with the 3rd eye. Rest in fun, “bothaya”. (Paris, near Porte d’Ivry) Tags or rags? Butte-aux-cailles, Paris. Unfortunately last year,…

Auguste Rodin

The thinker, 1902, by Rodin is one of his most well-known works. The Rodin museum is one of my favourite museums (musea?). Situated near the Invalides, in Rodin’s old house, in the middle of a huge garden by Paris standards, it has long been one of our favourite strolls. The B&W pictures I took in…