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…

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…

Walking the “edge”

My mother is a tough Lady. She always tells us: “Don’t whine”. Uncle Joe is a CPA. We call him “Chief Joseph” to bug him. He grins: “I’m not a Nez-percé. I’m Umatilla.” I tease him: “Wasn’t your great-grandmother a Walla Walla?” My aunt works two jobs, but it doesn’t matter. (Don’t whine). Plus, they…

The last Travellers

There is abundant literature on a long-gone race of Travellers who aledgedly roamed the universe. Complex ceremonies have been well documented: Day of the Dead, Sacred city of Tlalpan. Travellers 106 et al. Some sat idly in the street. Traveller 107. Paris. Possible representation of Quasimodo and Esmeralda. Travellers 108 &109. Sacred city of Tlalpan,…