Another voyage in Space and time. “Half a hundred, Captain? Come on!” “I know, Scotty, I know. Easy copy. Couldn’t resist. Beam us down Scotty please.”
“Here lives a dentist”. Tlalpan, Mexico, 2016. Around the corner. Haven’t tried the dentist. Don’t know why.
Nairobi, Kenya. c. 1970. Minette, our Kenya born tabby cat.
UNAM, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2017. Many buildings of this prestigious university are covered with murals.
Graveyard, Colombia. c. 2008.
Lost seal. 1996, by my sister, Gaëlle.
Tula, Mexico. 1990. Precolombian history is one of the many reasons for our coming to Mexico. The above statue, along with another three stands on the site of Tula, northwest of Mexico city. The city was built by the Toltecs and peaked around 900-1150 AD. Another view of Tula below:
Cacti. 20th century, Tula.
16th century fashion, France. Sketch by my mother Renée.
Tlalpan, Mexico. 2017. Possibly one of the last remaining linocut printing shop in the world. They carve out the sketch in a sheet of linoleum, then spread the ink and print. A fine technique for “A-plats” of black ink. Developed in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. No official grants, this shop seems to survive only with classes, workshops, and possibly selling the art.
“Reflection. To remain or not remain?” Tlalpan, 2017.
Terre des hommes, Land of men, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A 50’s edition bought for 2 Euros on the quays of the Seine. In this second book, “Saint-Ex” describes his crash in the desert, where the idea for the Little Prince came to him. A splendid book by a splendid author. The book ends thus: “Only the Spirit, when it blows on clay, can create Man.”
Lake of Atitlan, Guatemala, 2003. This young Maya girl wears the traditional costume and headdress of her village, near Panajachel. Dozens of villages surround the lake, each with its own costume and headgear design. They say even the dialects are different. So everyone knows where one comes from.
Manatee, Belize, 2003. A member of the Sirenian order, their distant cousins may have given rise to the legend o sirens. A peaceful herbivore, this mammal never leaves the water, but has to come up to the surface to breathe. An endangered species, their world population is estimated at 13,000, with about half in Florida. Though protected, many suffer terrible head injuries from small boat propellers.
Street art, Tepoztlán, Mexico city. (c)ousrtesy Alex.
A century and thousands of miles separate the little girl above (Daughter #1, born in France, 1981) and the three little girls below:
Gwalior, India, c.1890. l. to r. the twins, Jeanne Onraët, 1880-1914, Daisy Onraët, 1880-1960. They were born somewhere in UP. (United Provinces then, Uttar Pradesh, now) And my grandmother Julie Onraët, born in Jowra, India in 1882, died in France 1977. She was a century older than her Great-granddaughter… “All our yesterdays…”
Captain and crew thank you for hopping on Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle #50. Until next flight, be safe. (Beam us back up, Scotty!)